7 US Troops Wounded In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

Seven U.S. service members are reported wounded after an insider attack in northern Afghanistan occurred at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to a statement released by NATO’s Resolute Support mission on Twitter.

Those injured service members have been evacuated from Camp Shaheen, a base located in Mazar-i-Sharif, in the northern province of Balkh.  

Camp Shaheen is home to Afghan National Security Defense Forces’ Women’s Participation Program.

There were no U.S. or NATO fatalities; however, one Afghan soldier was killed and another wounded, according to the statement.

The attack comes exactly one week after three U.S. soldiers were killed and a fourth wounded in Peka Valley, Nangarhar province, in eastern Afghanistan in an insider attack. Sgt. Eric M. Houck, Sgt. William M. Bays, and Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The three troops died of gunshots wounds, which the Taliban later claimed responsibility for. The shooter was identified as an Afghan commando, who turned on the U.S. troops and opened fire, and was then killed by return fire.

Since 2008, there have been nearly 100 insider attacks against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Task & Purpose will continue to update this story as we learn more.

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