Nine Americans Shot Dead By Afghan Pilot at Kabul Airport

Six Nine American service members were killed today when an Afghan pilot opened fire on troops at the Kabul airport.

Seattle PI reported:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Eight NATO troops and a contractor died Wednesday after an Afghan military officer opened fire in a meeting — the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his own coalition partners, officials said.

The Afghan officer, who was a veteran military pilot, fired on the foreigners after an argument. The shooting occurred in an operations room of the Afghan Air Corps at Kabul airport.

“Suddenly, in the middle of the meeting, shooting started,” said Afghan Air Corps spokesman Col. Bahader, who uses only one name. “After the shooting started, we saw a number of Afghan army officers and soldiers running out of the building. Some were even throwing themselves out of the windows to get away.”

The nationalities of the eight NATO service members have not been released.

Five Afghan soldiers were wounded. At least one Afghan soldier was shot — in the wrist — but most of the soldiers suffered broken bones and cuts, Bahader said.

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