20 September 2019

US general killed in Afghan attack

A gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier killed a US general and wounded more than a dozen people, including a German general, at a training center in Kabul, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing US, German and Afghan officials.

The slain general was identified in US media reports as Major General Harold Greene, a senior officer with the international military command ISAF. He was the most senior US military official killed in action overseas since the war in Vietnam, US military officials were quoted as saying. 

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters that “many were seriously wounded” and the gunman was killed in the attack at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul on Tuesday.

A US official said the gunman fired on the foreign soldiers using a light machinegun. Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry described him as a “terrorist in army uniform”.

The German military said its general was one of 14 coalition troops wounded in Tuesday’s attack. It said his life was not in danger. Seven Americans and five British troops were among the wounded, an Afghan official said.

Past insider attacks have eroded trust while straining foreign efforts to train Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security force and prepare them to fight the Taliban once most US and NATO forces depart, the report said.

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