2 NATO Soldiers Killed by Gunman wearing Afghan police uniform

KABUL: (MEP) – At least two NATO coalition troops were killed at a joint base in Zhari district in Kandahar on Thursday after two Afghan men, one of whom was apparently a soldier, turned their weapons against them.

Thursday’s shootings come less than a week after two NATO troops were shot and killed inside the Interior Ministry in Kabul. The Taliban took responsibility of the killings and said that the shooter was an insurgent infiltrator in the Afghans’ security forces. The incident prompted the top U.S. general in Afghanistan to recall all NATO personnel working in Afghan ministries in Kabul, Washington post reported.

The shootings are the latest in a series of attacks by Afghan security forces — or militants disguised in their uniforms — against U.S. and other members of the coalition forces.

Last year, there were 566 coalition military fatalities in Afghanistan. This year, there have been more than 40 deaths so far.

Here are some of the major incidents since 2009 of attacks by Afghans wearing police or army uniforms against NATO forces.

Feb. 24, 2012: Two NATO soldiers were shot and killed by an Afghan security official inside the interior ministry in Kabul. The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Feb. 20, 2012: Gunmen in Afghan police uniforms opened fire on NATO troops in the Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, killing an Albanian soldier, officials said. Eleven suspected policemen were arrested.

Feb. 1: 2012: A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shoots and kills a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan.

Jan. 20, 2012: An Afghan soldier kills four French soldiers and wounds more than a dozen at a mountaintop base northeast of Kabul.

Dec. 29, 2011: A man wearing an Afghan army uniform fatally shoots two French service members in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban claims responsibility.

July 16, 2011: A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turns his gun on NATO soldiers in southern Afghanistan, killing one.

Aug. 4, 2011: A man wearing an Afghan National Police uniform kills a NATO service member in eastern Afghanistan.

May 2011: A man wearing an Afghan police uniform kills two U.S. soldiers in Helmand.

April 27, 2011: An Afghan air force pilot opens fire inside a NATO military base, killing eight troops and a contractor, NATO officials say. The shooting takes place inside the North Kabul International Airport, the military compound that houses the NATO coalition’s joint command and is adjacent to the city’s civilian airport.

April 16, 2011: A newly recruited Afghan soldier blows himself up at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, the headquarters of the Afghan Army 201st Corps, in Laghman Province. He kills five NATO troops and four Afghan soldiers.

April 15, 2011: A man in an Afghan police uniform blows himself up in the courtyard of the Kandahar provincial police headquarters, killing the police chief, Mohammad Mojayed, and two other policemen.

Feb. 18, 2011: A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform opens fire on German soldiers in Baghlan Province. He kills two solidiers and wounds 8 others.

Jan. 22, 2011: The Taliban claim that an Afghan soldier fired on French troops in Kabul Province and killed three French soldiers. Afghan officials dispute this claim.

Nov. 29, 2010: An Afghan border police trainee opens fire on his trainers at a base in Nangarhar province, killing six American soldiers.

Nov. 6, 2010: An Afghan soldier kills two American soldiers on a military base in Helmand province and flees.

Aug. 25, 2010: An Afghan policeman kills two Spanish soldiers who were training the police and an interpreter in Badghis province.

July 20, 2010: An Afghan army sergeant kills two American civilian trainers at a shooting range in Balkh province.

July 13, 2010: An Afghan soldier kills three British soldiers using rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons in Helmand province.

Nov. 2, 2009: An Afghan police officer kills five British soldiers on a roof of a British-Afghan checkpoint in Helmand province.

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