US soldiers die in ‘insider’ attack

February 14, 2014 - 7:03:15 am
KABUL: Two Afghan men wearing military uniforms have shot dead two US soldiers, in the first suspected “insider attack” of the year as Nato troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting Taliban militants.

“Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died when two individuals wearing Afghan National Security Forces’ uniforms shot them in eastern Afghanistan,” the Nato said in a statement about Wednesday’s attack.

“ISAF and Afghan officials are assessing the incident to determine facts.”

A Pentagon official in the US said the soldiers were Americans.

The incident happened in the province of Kapisa, north of Kabul, provincial governor Mehrabudin Safi said, giving no details. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsiblilty.

But ISAF officials say most insider attacks stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than Taliban insurgent plots. The number of such attacks fell in 2013, but the threat means foreign soldiers are watched over by so-called “guardian angel” troops to provide protection. AFP