ROGUE AFGHAN PERSONNEL KILLED 3 NATO TROOPS
In two separate instances, three NATO soldiers have been killed, on Monday 03/26/2012, by local security forces in Afghanistan.
In the south, a gunman in an Afghan army uniform killed two British soldiers in a military base in Helmand province, NATO-ISAF has said. Monday’s late morning attack in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province, took place at the main entrance to a base housing military and civilian reconstruction teams, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement (see also – Lashkar Gah 03.06.12 )
Afghan and Western security sources identified the two NATO soldiers as British troops. An Afghan soldier was also shot dead and one Briton was wounded in the attack according to a Western security source speaking on condition of anonymity to the AFP news agency. Provincial police chief Abdul Nabi Elham said the gunman was a lieutenant named Gul Nazar from the eastern city of Jalalabad. “We don’t know the motive behind this attack and have not found a link to the Taliban. We are still investigating” he added (see also- koran row 02.21.12).
In a separate instance in the East, a NATO service member was shot by an alleged member of the Afghan police when approaching a security checkpoint. The deaths are the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” killings, where Afghan security forces turn their guns on their international colleagues, an ISAF spokesman said.
Fifteen personnel – six Americans, four French army trainers, an Albanian and two ISAF personnel whose nationality has not been disclosed – from NATO’s US-led ISAF have died in such incidents this year, the spokesman said (see -Afghan-Trend).
Monday’s deaths bring the number of NATO forces killed in the 42 insider attacks from May 2007 to January of this year to 70.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays, reporting from the Afghan capital Kabul, said “The big question is are [the attackers] acting on their own, or are they evidence of widespread Taliban infiltration?” An Afghan army general has said that the Taliban have a sophisticated system to infiltrate Afghanistan’s security forces and vetting of recruits must be severely tightened.
General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaking to Pentagon reporters in Washington on Monday said he expects Afghan soldier attacks on foreign forces to continue.
Elsewhere in the country, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-ridden motorcylce in the central province of Uruzgan.The noon-time attack targeted a NATO-ISAF military base in the district of Choora ( see also – .Lashkar-Gah 09.27.11 ).