Wounding of US troops the latest in string of attacks


An Afghan soldier shot and wounded five US troops in eastern Afghanistan just days after an Afghan policeman killed three British soldiers in the south.

It is the latest in a string of attacks by Afghans on foreign forces training them. The regular shootings are undermining morale in the critical mission to bolster the Afghan police and army as foreign troops head home.

“We have confirmed that the individual who opened fire was an ANA [Afghan National Army] member,” said Martin Crighton, spokesman for the Nato-led coalition in Afghanistan. The attacker escaped after opening fire on Tuesday evening at a base in eastern Wardak province, according to Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the provincial governor. He had no further details on the man. Afghan and Nato officials are investigating. – (Guardian)