Man In Afghan Uniform Kills U.S. General
A man in an Afghan uniform opened fire at a military training academy outside Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least one American, media outlets are reporting.
Details about the attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, weren’t immediately clear. Media citing an unidentified Afghan military official, reports that a U.S. Army major general was fatally shot at point-blank range, the highest ranking U.S. officer to die in Afghanistan.
The Times also reports that at least two other senior coalition officers were killed — and that only American officers were believed to be taking part in the meeting.
Lt. Gen. Afzal Aman, the director of operations at Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry, tells the Times the academy’s commander, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Saki, was wounded in the shooting along with two other senior Afghan officers. The academy remained under lockdown and further details were unavailable, the Times said.
The Associated Press, citing Afghan military spokesman Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, said at least one U.S. soldier was killed and 15 coalition troops were wounded, including a German brigadier general and “about a dozen” Americans.
Azim said a “terrorist in an army uniform” opened fire on both local and international troops. Azimi said the shooter had been killed and that three Afghan army officers were wounded.