U.S. General Killed In Afghanistan Was On First Combat Deployment

NPR | Aug. 6, 2014 5:13 a.m.

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Eyder Peralta

An attacker wearing an Afghan military uniform opened fire at service members of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The International Security Assistance Force said there had been an incident involving “local Afghan and ISAF troops” at the Kabul ANA Officer Academy, but did not give any more details.

The Associated Press and The New York Times, however, quote unnamed U.S. officials saying the attack left many wounded and at least one dead.

The Times reports:

“The Afghan official and a coalition official said that it appeared that the foreign casualties were high-ranking officers who were taking part in a meeting at the academy.

“Lt. Gen. Afzal Aman, the director of operations at Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry, said that the academy’s commander, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Saki, was wounded in the shooting along with two other senior Afghan officers.

“General Aman added that it was only American officers who were present during the shooting, but said that he could not provide any additional details because the entire academy was under lockdown and information remained scarce.”

It’s still unclear if the attacker was a member of the Afghan military. We’ll update this post once we know more.

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