Two ISAF soldiers were killed today, apparently by a member of the Afghan Border Police, in the northern province of Faryab. From the ISAF press release:
Afghan and International Security Assistance Forces are investigating a shooting incident in Faryab province today that led to the deaths of two ISAF service members.
According to initial reporting, an individual in an Afghan Border Police uniform fired on the ISAF members inside a compound. The individual who fired the shots fled the scene.
The BBC provides the details of two accounts of the attack:
There are differing accounts about what exactly happened on Monday. It is unclear if the gunman was a policeman or an insurgent dressed in police uniform. It is thought to have happened in the provincial capital, Maymana.
The soldiers had gone to a meeting at the border police post. A man in a watch tower overlooking the entrance to the base is reported to have opened fire on them and subsequently fled.
Another account from a local Afghan official says that shots were fired from a nearby house and the officer at the checkpoint ran away at that point, the BBC’s Paul Wood in Kabul reports.
Attacks by Taliban fighters who have infiltrated the Afghan National Army or police forces are far too frequent. [See LWJ report, Afghan ‘policeman’ kills 6 ISAF soldiers for a list of such attacks from July to November 2010; during that time period, 13 ISAF soldiers and two British civilian trainers were killed.]
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