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Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead

26 June 2017

An apparent insider attack in northern Afghanistan on Saturday left four USA troops wounded, US and Afghan officials said.

Two suspected insider attacks have hit USA troops in Afghanistan - just as Pentagon officials are deciding whether or not to send more troops to the country.

The incident took place at Afghan National Army's (ANA) Shaheen Corps in Mazar-e Sharif city of Balkh province.

Seven US military service members were wounded. Special forces killed four of the insurgents but two held out for several hours, it said, adding that nine police and 13 civilians were wounded in addition to the dead.

Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the Taliban terrorist group, which asserted that at least 100 police officers had been killed, according to Reuters.

Camp Shaheen was the site of a major attack by Taliban militants in April, killing more than 130 Afghan Army personnel.

The attack comes exactly one week after three US soldiers were killed and a fourth wounded in Peka Valley, Nangarhar province, in eastern Afghanistan in an insider attack.

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US soldiers were shot and wounded in a potential insider attack a base in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

An Afghan soldier opened fire inside the facility, a spokesman for the Afghan army's 209th Corps said.

A coalition official told CNN that some USA military personnel were wounded and evacuated after what appears to be an insider or "green-on-blue" attack by an Afghan soldier.

"A source told Al Jazeera that the attack happened at the end of a training exercise", he said.

Last month, in the southern province of Kandahar, about 60 soldiers were killed when the extremists attacked their bases, mostly at night.

The US now has roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan (excluding those in country on a temporary basis), while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and coalition allies have a total of about 5,000 forces.

US President Donald Trump is learned to have delegated authority on the number of troops in Afghanistan to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead