Apparent Afghan Insider Attack Kills 2 NATO Troops

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says a man wearing an Afghan police uniform has shot and killed two coalition troops in southern Afghanistan in the latest apparent “insider” attack.

Afghan officials said the attacker killed two British soldiers Tuesday in Helmand province.

NATO gave few details, but coalition spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz told reporters in Kabul that “currently, he (the attacker) is trying to flee from that area but he is being pursued by ISAF forces and by Afghan national security forces.”

The incident is the latest in a series of such attacks that threaten to seriously undermine trust between NATO and their Afghan counterparts, as foreign combat troops prepare to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

At least 53 coalition service members have been killed this year by Afghan soldiers and police or militants disguised as security personnel. NATO commanders have attributed a quarter of the so-called “insider” attacks to Taliban infiltration.

Coalition spokesman Katz said Tuesday, “it is very clear that nobody is able to put a wedge between the ISAF forces and the Afghan forces and our campaign will not be affected by these incidents.”

Separately, Afghan election officials say the country's next presidential election will take place on April 5, 2014.

The country's Independent Election Commission announced the date Tuesday, which was given as “Hamal 16, 1393,” according to the Islamic calendar.

President Hamid Karzai is serving his second term and is constitutionally barred from running for re-election.

The upcoming vote is seen as a test of Afghanistan's young democracy, after the 2009 election was marred by allegations of voter fraud.