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Two US soldiers killed in attack by Afghan soldier

19 June 2017

Two US soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack by an Afghan army soldier in eastern Afghanistan's Achin district on Saturday.

The troopers were in the Anchin district of the Nangarhar province, where USA -led troops have cracked down on ISIS' Afghanistan foothold. "One US soldier was wounded and has been evacuated for medical treatment", a spokesman added. Their families are still being notified.

Afghan and American officials are investigating the incident. Three U.S. soldiers had died there this year before Saturday's shooting. The operation was targeting ISIS-K, the terror group's Afghanistan affiliate.

Allied commanders provided limited details.

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The soldiers were shot in an apparent insider attack, also known as a "green-on-blue" because of the color-coding system used by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, a U.S official told CNN. A spokesman for the US military command in Kabul claimed they were aware of the report, but could not yet confirm any details.

A USA source confirming the incident although details are scarce. The Rangers killed were identified as Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23. The Pentagon only stating they've opened an investigation into a shooting. The Pentagon has not yet officially confirmed the deaths. The insurgents are known to exaggerate battlefield claims. The blast flattened a swath of the countryside. Afghan officials told the BBC the friendly-fire airstrike in southern Helmand province also killed several militants.

Achin District is the primary base of operations for ISIS in Afghanistan and has been the site of multiple joint US-Afghan counterterrorism missions.

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A US official says it is unclear if the deaths were due to friendly fire.

Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan.

Local media reported at least two deaths, while the Reuters news agency quoted Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the Helmand governor, as saying that three officers had lost their lives and two were wounded. Once trained to conduct raids much like their US counterparts, the majority of Afghan commando units have turned into a backbone force for the fledgling Afghan army.

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Afghanistan has suffered a string of violent attacks in recent weeks after the Taliban launched their spring offensive, including attacks in the capital city of Kabul that killed and wounded hundreds. The attack left upwards of 100 militants dead.