Afghan police officer kills 6 NATO service members

November 29, 2010 18:05


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KABUL, Afghanistan  (AP) — An Afghan border police officer opened fire on NATO troops during a training mission in the east of the country Monday, killing six NATO service members before he was shot dead, NATO and Afghan officials said.

The shooter was wearing an Afghan border police uniform, NATO said, but did not provide additional details on how the shooting happened or his identity. A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Zemeri Bashary, confirmed that the gunman was a border police officer, rather than an insurgent who had donned the uniform to infiltrate government forces.

The incident happened in Pachir Wagam district of Nangarhar province — right on the border with Pakistan, Bashary said.

NATO declined to identify the nationalities of the victims. The majority of forces in Nangarhar are American.

An investigation team has been sent to the area, said Gen. Aminullah Amerkhail, the regional border police commander for eastern Afghanistan. But he said information is not coming back quickly. "The area is very remote," he said. "Even the telephones are not working there."

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