U.S. Service Members Killed in Apparent Insider Attack – Nangarhar
ol. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan said that the incident took place, Saturday, Sherzad district of the province.
“Upon completing a key-leader engagement at the district center, current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun,” said Sonny Leggett.
He added that the incident is being investigated and the wounded service members are receiving medical treatment at a U.S. facility.
“We are still collecting information and the cause or motive behind the attack is unknown at this time. The incident is under investigation,” Leggett noted.
He said that the names of the killed soldiers are being withheld for 24 hours in accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense policy.
The two soldiers’ death brought the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year to four.
The attack is the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks in which members of the Afghan forces have killed U.S. or coalition advisers this year.