NATO Soldier Killed in Apparent Insider Attack in Herat Province, Afghanistan

One NATO service member was killed and two others were injured in an apparent insider attack that took place in western Herat Province, Afghanistan on Oct. 22.

Initial reports indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan security forces, said a statement by NATO’s Resolute Support mission. The statement added that further details will be shared after the appropriate national authorities have followed their processes for releasing information.

According to local officials, the attack took place in Shindand district to the south of Herat city, an area with heavy Taliban presence. Local media reported that the shooter was arrested by the coalition troops. The Taliban group claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement, claiming it killed or wounded “a large number of American soldiers.”

Even though, the NATO officials did not disclose the nationality of the service members or any further details, it was reported that the soldier killed in the attack was not an American.

This is the second deadly shooting of friendly forces in recent days believed to be carried out by an Afghan service member. On Oct. 18, a gunman wearing a uniform of the Afghan security forces opened fire on a gathering of security chiefs in Kandahar killing three.

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