Afghan soldier injure five US troops
05 July, 2012
KABUL: An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier opened fire on US troops, wounding five of them in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Wednesday.
The shooting took place on Tuesday evening when the ANA soldier entered a military base of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Hashamkhel area of Syedabad district, an official said on condition of anonymity.
Wali Mohammad, the attacker who hails from northern Kunduz province, managed to flee after injuring the five American soldiers, the official said.
The governor's spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said they were informed of the incident and an investigation was in progress.
The deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defence Brig. Gen. Daulat Waziri said the attacker fled the area without his weapon. In Kabul, the ISAF media office confirmed the incident and said details would be released once the probe was completed.
The NATO-led force said an individual wearing an ANA uniform turned his weapon at foreign soldiers on Tuesday.
"ISAF service members were wounded in the attack and taken to a medical facility for treatment," a statement from the multinational force said.
Meanwhile, a civilian woman was killed and three others were wounded when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) struck a car in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Wednesday, an official said.
"The blast took place at around 6 a.m. local time along a road in the Sistani area of Marja district and the injured include two adult men and a child," administrative district chief, Abdul Mutalib said.
The injured, who remain in critical conditions, were shifted to a provincial capital hospital by police, the official added.
He blamed Taliban for the placing IED on the road.
The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched annual spring offensive dubbed "Al-Farooq" from May 3 against Afghan and NATO-led troops.
Taliban militants use IEDs or roadside bombs and suicide bombers in their attacks which also inflicts casualties on civilians.
A total of 3,021 Afghan civilians were killed in 2011, an 8 percent rise compared with 2010, according to the United Nations annual report released in Kabul in February.