4 French Soldiers Shot Dead By Man Wearing Afghan Army Uniform – 16 Wounded


French soldiers in Afghanistan’s Surobi province last month. Four French soldiers were shot dead and 16 were wounded by a member of the Afghan army in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, a NATO spokesman and Afghan officials said. (AFP)

Four French soldiers were shot dead today in eastern Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform. 16 people were wounded.
AFP reported:

Four French soldiers were shot dead and 16 were wounded by a member of the Afghan army in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, a NATO spokesman and Afghan officials said.

“A man wearing Afghan army uniform opened fire on French nationals killing four and injuring 16 others this morning in Tagab district of Kapisa province,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for NATO forces said four NATO troops were killed and the shooter had been arrested, but did not give the nationality of the troops.

“Four International Security Assistance Force service members were killed today in eastern Afghanistan by a member of the Afghan National Army,” the US-led force said in a statement.

French troops had surrounded their base in Kapisa and were not allowing any Afghan soldiers to approach, a security source told AFP.

There has been a number of incidents of Afghan soldiers turning their weapons on members of the 130,000-strong foreign force fighting an insurgency by hardline Taliban Islamists.

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