Afghan Police Officer Kills Two American Soldiers On Patrol

Act raises questions about training and discipline of Afghan forces

By Edward J. Carr
|  Saturday, Oct 3, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan National Police officer opened fire on the Americans, killing them and wounding two others.

The group was on a combined security patrol in the Wardak province in the central region of Afghanistan.

According to a spokesman for the Wardak provincial governor, the troops were killed by "an individual wearing an ANP uniform." After he opened fire, the officer fled the scene.

The AP reports a joint team of Afghan and American officials were investigating the attack.

"However tragic, this event will not hamper the close partnership and combined security efforts [between international and Afghan security forces]," said Zemarai Bashary, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry.

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