Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan Friday after an Afghan police officer turned his gun on them.
The incident, referred to as a "green-on-blue attack" due to the nature of the assault--a member of the Afghan security forces turning their weapons on the western troops they're teamed up with--is the 31st such attack this year. Thirty-nine coalition forces have been killed in green-on-blue attacks, including 23 Americans. That's already four more than were killed in similar attack in 2011.
The Americans killed Friday have not been identified. The police officer was shot and killed afterwards. Military officials say he was a brand new recruit for the Afghan Police Force and was being trained by the troops that he shot. He turned his gun on them shortly after receiving it from the Americans.
The attack was the second green-on-blue attack Friday and the fourth in a week; in a separate attack Friday, three foreign troops were wounded by a member of the Afghan security forces. The suspect is in custody. On August 10, six troops were killed in two separate incidents: three Marines were killed by the Afghan police officer they had just shared a meal with, while three other troops were gunned down in a similar assault that night.
Friday's shooting came one day after the head of the Afghan Taliban issued a statement claiming militants had successfully infiltrated Afghan security forces to kill NATO troops. The U.S. Defense Department says that it's typical for the Taliban to try and take credit for the murder of western troops, but that the attacks are typically carried out by individuals with a grudge, not insurgents.
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