KABUL: A NATO soldier was killed when an apparent insider attack sparked a firefight between US and Afghan troops in the east of the country on Wednesday, officials said.
The gunfight erupted after an Afghan soldier opened fire on an American delegation outside the governor’s compound in Jalalabad, the capital of the militant-infested province of Nangarhar.
“US soldiers returned fire, killing the shooter and wounding two other members of the Afghan National Army.
We are investigating to find out the motive behind the shooting,” Nangarhar police chief Fazel Ahmad Shirzad told AFP.
A NATO soldier was also killed.
The “incident in Jalalabad today resulted in the death of one Resolute Support service member”, said a brief statement from Resolute Support, the new name for the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
It did not give the natinality of the victim.
Monica Cummings, the US embassy spokeswoman, said the incident occurred after a senior US official held a meeting with the provincial governor in Jalalabad.