U.S. Service Member Killed In 'Apparent Insider Attack' In Afghanistan

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

U.S. service members are shown at sunrise in Afghanistan in 2013

A United States service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, Nato says.

The Resolute Support statement said the two wounded on Saturday were in a stable condition and the incident was being investigated.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan officials could not immediately verify that information, according to the news agency. But it gave no further details, saying the name of the service member killed would be withheld until next of kin were notified.

As in other areas of the war, Afghan units suffer more heavily than coalition units from insider attacks.

An insider attack would indicate one carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces. The DoD report also said that NATO Resolute Support advisers are working to require better national screening for Afghan security forces personnel.

To date this year, three other troops have been killed in hostile incidents in Afghanistan. In that incident, a Romanian soldier was injured. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation did not release the identity of the American soldier killed or provide further details about the incident.

Incidents like these have decreased in frequency in recent years as USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have increased vetting of Afghan troops and taken precautionary measures, such as assigning protection forces known as "guardian angels" to advisory units.

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