Two Nato troops killed in Afghanistan
Thursday 01 March 2012
Two American soldiers have been shot dead at a base in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of deaths following the burning of Korans by US soldiers.
The shootings were carried out by an Afghan soldier and a literacy teacher, officials said,
Both were killed on the same day that the top Nato commander allowed a small number of foreign advisers to return to work at Afghan ministries after more than a week of being locked down in secure locations because of the killing of two other Americans.
The killings raised to six the number of Americans killed in less than two weeks amid heightened tensions over the February 20 burning of Korans and other Islamic texts that had been dumped in a rubbish pit at Bagram Air Field near Kabul.
More than 30 Afghans have also died in six days of violent riots that broke out after the incident.
President Barack Obama and other US officials apologised and said the burning was an accident.
Afghan security forces - or militants disguised in their uniforms - have staged a number of attacks against Americans and other members of the international alliance in recent years. But the recent deaths have been linked to the Koran burnings.
Details of the latest attack were still unclear but officials believe there were three attackers, two of whom were subsequently killed.
Hundreds of advisers were pulled out of ministries and other government locations after an Afghan gunman shot and killed two US military advisers on February 25 inside their office at the Interior Ministry.
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Gay couple buy JebBushForPresident.com web domain, and refuse to sell
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: SEN Teacher We have a fantastic special n...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an 11-18 all ability co-educat...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 6 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...