US service member killed, two wounded in Afghanistan insider attack

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A USA service member was killed and two others wounded in what North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is calling "an apparent insider attack" in Afghanistan Saturday.

The Resolute Support statement said the two wounded on Saturday were in a stable condition and the incident was being investigated. Release of the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete, the release said. Additional information was not immediately available and the incident was under investigation.

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To date this year, three other troops have been killed in hostile incidents in Afghanistan. They did not indicate a specific location where the attack occurred. The death is the third American military fatality in Afghanistan this year.

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Insider attacks on Afghan forces - and deaths resulting from those attacks - have increased by more than 50 percent compared to the same time frame a year ago. The Afghan province that has seen the highest number of attacks is Helmand to the south, a Taliban stronghold and the heart of Afghanistan's opium-growing industry.

A local police officer said a shooting took place at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, the AFP reported.

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