Three Army Rangers Killed by Afghan Soldier in ‘Insider Attack’ (VIDEO)

Saturday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack carried out by an Afghan army soldier that killed three U.S. Army Rangers and wounded one other.

U.S. Army Rangers, assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, provide suppressive fire on an enemy compound during Decisive Action Rotation 15-02 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The decisive action rotations allow conventional forces to work with elite forces, such as Ranger and Special Forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr./Released)

Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman “for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province”, informed Fox News that the “insider attack” occurred in the Achin district.

“An Afghan army soldier opened fire and killed [three] American [soldiers] and injured [one] others. The Afghan soldier was killed in return fire.”

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed a Taliban loyalist “infiltrated” the Afghan army “just to attack foreign forces”.

Fox News reports:

A statement from the U.S. military said merely that the military was “aware of an incident in eastern Afghanistan.”

White House Deputy Communications Director Raj Shah said President Trump had been informed of the situation.

Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan. In March, another Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on foreign forces at a base in Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers.

Vice President Mike Pence commented on the death of the three soldiers while giving a speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

“When heroes fall, Americans grieve – and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes.”

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