KABUL, Afghanistan -- man in an Afghan uniform shot and killed three American troops Friday morning in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military command said, in the third attack on coalition forces by their Afghan counterparts in a week. The Taliban claimed the shooter joined the insurgency after the attack.
According to the Dept. of Defense, killed in the explosion were:
|Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffith, 45, the senior enlisted soldier of the 4th Brigade Combat team, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colorado.
|Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, New York.
|Air Force Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Georgia.
The attack is the latest in a rising number of so-called "green-on-blue" attacks in which Afghan security forces, or insurgents disguised in their uniforms, kill the
So far this year, at least 21 similar attacks -- in which Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan uniforms have turned their guns on international troops -- have killed 30 coalition service members, according to an Associated Press tally.
Friday's shooting took place in Sangin district of Helmand province, said
Exactly what happened in the attack was unclear, and there were conflicting accounts. Sangin Gov. Mohammad Sharif said the shooting happened at a police checkpoint after a joint meal and a security meeting, but an Afghan army commander, Farooq Parwani, said that the attack happened on a U.S. base.
The U.S. military said it was also not clear whether the attacker wore an Afghan army or police uniform. Read more at Fox News.