Afghan policeman kills two US troops in firefight in Wardak province


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A police officer opened fire on US and Afghan forces at a police headquarters, leading to a firefight that killed two US troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shoot-out.

Yesterday’s shooting in the eastern Wardak province was the latest in a series of insider attacks against coalition and Afghan forces. It comes a day after the expiry of the Afghan President’s deadline for US special forces to withdraw from the province.

US officials have said that they are working with Afghan counterparts to answer President Hamid Karzai’s concerns and maintain security in Wardak. Most of the US troops in Wardak are special operations forces.