KABUL, Afghanistan -- A freshly minted recruit to a village police force in western Afghanistan shot and killed two American troops and wounded a third on Friday as soon as he was handed his new service weapon, officials said.
The shooting brought the number of
Underscoring the depth of the problem of Afghans turning their guns on Western mentors, another such shooting took place just hours later in nearby
In the fatal shooting in Farah province, the attacker, who had joined a village militia known as the Afghan Local Police just five days earlier, was shot and killed in return fire, according to American and Afghan officials.
Afghan authorities said the gunman, identified as Mohammad Ismail, also killed a member of the Afghan national police when he opened fire, and that another member of the Afghan Local Police was wounded in the melee.
Military officials declined to identify the branch of service of the two dead Americans, but
Friday's shooting, which came as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was drawing to a close, took place at the start of what was to have been a practice session on a firing range in a village called Kanesk, said Aqa Noor Kentoz, Farah's provincial police chief. He said directly after Ismail was given a gun to begin his training, he turned it on the Americans present.
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