U.S. Army General Killed In Afghanistan ‘Insider Attack’ (Video)
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
A U.S. Army two-star major general was killed Tuesday in a shooting at a training facility in Afghanistan, according to ABC News.
The killing of such a high ranking official is virtually unprecedented, writes the New York Times:
The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War.
In what looks to be a case of "green on blue" violence, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University.
The Associated Press is reporting that 15 soldiers were injured in the attack, with roughly half of them believed to be American.
Unnamed military officials have told NBC News how the rampage went down:
U.S. and Afghan military officials were meeting at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University when a gunman sprayed the group with automatic weapons fire.
DoD spokesman RADM John Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon news conference the gunman is dead, although he could not give specifics:
"I just know he was killed in the process of the attack, I don't have the details of exactly who did it."
Stars and Stripes reports there are four major generals assigned to NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
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