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Afghan president condemns shooting in military academy

English.news.cn   2014-08-05 22:36:07

KABUL, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday strongly condemned a shooting attack against visiting Afghan and foreign trainers in Afghan National Military Academy in Kabul earlier in the day.

At around Tuesday afternoon, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on a group of military visitors in the facility, located in Qargha area in western Kabul, killing one U.S. military officer and wounding 15 others, including a German brigadier general, according to local media reports.

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned an attack on Afghan National Army personnel and foreign (military) trainers who were visiting facilities of military academy," said a statement issued by Afghan Presidential Palace.

The attacker was killed in an exchange of fire. The Academy is also known as Marshal Fahim National Defense University.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) confirmed losing one service member in Tuesday's shooting.

If it confirms that the attacker was a member of Afghan security forces, it would be the second incident of the so-called "green on blue" insider attack when members of Afghan security forces turned their weapons against their foreign partners this year.

On Feb. 12, two NATO soldiers were shot dead and four others wounded by two Afghan army soldiers in eastern Kapisa province.

Several coalition service members died in green on blue attacks over the past few years in the militancy-hit country. The Taliban insurgent group had in the past claimed responsibility for the majority of such incidents.

Nearly 50,000 NATO-led coalition troops, down from the peak of 130,000 in 2010, are stationed in Afghanistan, and the United States plans to trim its forces to less than 10,000 next year.

The Afghan leader also expressed condolences to the families and friends of the killed and wounded personnel, according to a statement.

Editor: yan
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