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U.S. Service Member Killed In 2nd Afghan Insider Attack This Week

Afghan Commandos and U.S. Special Forces patrol Paktia province in November 2010.
Sgt. Justin Morelli
Afghan Commandos and U.S. Special Forces patrol Paktia province in November 2010.

For the second time this week, an insider attack has taken the life of U.S. service member in Afghanistan. The assailant who killed the American serviceman on Thursday was identified as wearing a Afghan National Security uniform, according to Stars and Stripes.

On September 21, Army Special Forces members Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, and Spc. Joshua J. Strickland died when they were shot by an attacker wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.

The NATO International Security Assistance Force reports Thursday's deadly shooting took place in Paktia province, but did not identify the service member who'd been killed:

The scene of the incident is secure and the suspected gunman has been killed. ISAF and Afghan officials are assessing the incident and more information will be released as appropriate.

Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, told The Los Angeles Times:

“It’s too early to say whether the Afghan soldier was a Taliban infiltrator."

According to Reuters, there have been eight insider attacks in Afghanistan so far this year, with 13 coalition service members killed in those attacks.