Bombings, insider attacks and civilian deaths spike in eastern Afghanistan

An Afghan soldier reportedly killed three U.S. troops — and injured another American and an Afghan — in a so-called “insider attack” in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on June 10, 2017.

“Two foreign soldiers have been killed in an attack on Saturday,” Attaullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the governor of Nangarhar, told War Is Boring. “The attacker was killed immediately in response fire.”

The attack took place in Acchin district, where U.S. forces have been battling Islamic State militants. On April 13, 2017, the U.S. Air Force dropped one of the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bombs on Acchin in an effort to destroy ISIS tunnels and infrastructure.

Around 39 ISIS fighters died in that attack.

The U.S.-led coalition confirmed that the soldiers were killed on June 10, but did not specify that the attack was an inside job. “Three U.S. service members died as a result of wounds suffered Saturday when they came under attack during an [Afghan National Security Forces-] and U.S.-partnered operation in eastern Afghanistan,” the coalition stated.

 

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