Afghan soldier opens fire on United States troops, three wounded

The US military command in Kabul confirms it was 'aware of an incident' at Camp Shaheen

At least four American soldiers were shot and killed by an allied Afghan commando at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a military official said to Reuters.

Insider attacks had frequently happened in the past, when Afghan soldiers or policemen fired on foreign forces, causing casualties.

For the second time in a week, a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on US service members at a base in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense is investigating the attack, says Abdul Qhahar Aram, head of strategic communication and public affairs for the 209 Shahin Corps.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said it has opened an investigation, adding no USA or Resolute Support forces were killed.

But he confirmed that seven soldiers had been evacuated after being wounded in the incident at Camp Shaheen, the headquarters of the Afghan army's 209th Corps in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

"US soldiers have been wounded".

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the Afghan army's 209th Corps, announced earlier that an Afghan soldier had shot and killed four US soldiers inside the base.

One Afghan soldier was killed, he said.

If confirmed, the insider attack would be the second in a week in Afghanistan.

President Trump recently gave James Mattis, the secretary of defense, the authority to increase USA troop levels in the country - and "right now, this new troop request is being worked by the commander in Afghanistan, the National Security Council under H.R. McMaster and senior leaders at the Pentagon", NPR's Tom Bowman told All Things Considered.

The incident comes just days after President Trump delegated authority to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to set USA troop levels in Afghanistan, opening the door for a possible of influx of forces that could number in the thousands.

An Afghan commando shot dead three US soldiers last Saturday in eastern Nangarhar province.

The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led forces at war there since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime.

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