A NATO-ISAF soldier was shot dead, on Tuesday 01/18/2011, in Badghis province by a rogue member of the Afghan army, NATO has confirmed. In the same province an Afghan police recruit has shot dead, on Wednesday 08/25/2010, two Spanish police officers and their interpreter (see – Badghis 08.25.10 ).

NATO said the Afghan soldier had approached to ask for equipment to clean his weapon and opened fire when he was told to unload it. The Afghan soldier escaped. Just three days earlier, on 01/15/2011, an Iraqi soldier killed 2 “fellow” Americans (see – Mosul 01.15.11).

The incident is the latest of a number of attacks by renegade Afghan troops. In the latest event in Afghanistan, on 11/29/2010, an Afghan policeman killed 6 USA service members (see – Nangarhar 11.29.10).

NATO did not release the nationalities in its latest release but an incident involving two Italian soldiers in the area had been reported. The Italian defence minister had earlier said the case was an attack by insurgents.

NATO said the troops were cleaning their own weapons in Bala Murghab district when they were approached by the Afghan soldier. “The two [International Security Assistance Force] service members noticed the Afghan soldier’s weapon was loaded and asked him to unload it,” NATO said. “The Afghan soldier reacted by shooting the ISAF service members and escaped from the combat outpost.”

NATO is also investigating an incident last Saturday in which a US marine allegedly shot dead an Afghan police officer in southern Afghanistan.
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