Three NATO soldiers killed by Afghan forces
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:05
Kandahar: Three foreign soldiers, two of them British, were killed by Afghan security personnel Tuesday in two separate shootings, officials said, bringing the number of such deaths to 16 this year.

An Afghan soldier said to be an officer shot dead the Britons in the southern province of Helmand, while the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said an "alleged member" of the police killed a trooper in eastern Afghanistan.

More than one in six of the 91 foreign soldiers to have died in the country in 2012 has been killed in so-called "green-on-blue" attacks by Afghan security personnel, significantly raising tensions between NATO forces and their local colleagues.

"It appears that a member of the Afghan national army opened fire at the entrance gate to the British headquarters in Lashkar Gah city, killing the two British service personnel," said Britain's Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

The attacker was shot dead by coalition forces and officials said another British soldier was severely wounded.

Lashkar Gah is the main town in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold, but was among the first places where security responsibility was handed from ISAF to Afghan forces as part of a gradual transition process.


First Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:05

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