Three U.S. soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan worker at an army base in south Afghanistan on late Friday, in the second such incident in twenty-four hours, media reports said.
The incident, which took place in the Helmand province of the war-torn country, followed a similar incident in which three U.S. marines were killed by an Afghan police officer. Earlier, two British soldiers, also in Helmand, were reportedly killed by gunmen.
It is now estimated that more than 30 troopers have so far been killed this year in such incidents, labeled by the media as 'green-on-blue' attack.
Currently, there are over 130,000 foreign troopers from more than 42 countries deployed in Afghanistan under the joint command of the NATO and the United States to contain a resurgent Taliban.
The U.S. and other allied nations involved in the Afghan mission are currently making efforts to get the Afghan security forces ready and capable of handling the country's security before the planned withdrawal of coalition troops by end-2014.
by RTT Staff Writer
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