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The U.S. -led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a U.S. service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

One US soldier was killed and at least two others sustained injuries in an apparent insider attack in South of Afghanistan. But it gave no further details, saying the name of the service member killed would be withheld until next of kin were notified.

To date this year, three other troops have been killed in hostile incidents in Afghanistan. Officials at the top USA military headquarters in Kabul could not immediately be reached for additional comment.

The incident marks the first combat fatality for the US military in Afghanistan since April 30, and the second there this year.

The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against US military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

O'Donnell told RFE/RL that the last insider attack in Afghanistan occurred in August 2017, leaving a Romanian soldier injured.

A local police officer said a shooting took place at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, the AFP reported.

Attacks by Afghan security forces against coalition troops working alongside them were common in Afghanistan several years ago, when the Pentagon had more than 100,000 personnel deployed there.


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