KABUL —Two troops belonging to the U.S.-led military coalition were killed Saturday when an Afghan policeman turned his weapon on them in southern Afghanistan, NATO officials said. The latest insider attack underscored the continued vulnerability of international troops despite intense efforts by U.S. and Afghan leaders to stem the killings.
The casualties in southern Helmand province brought to 47 the number of coalition forces killed by their Afghan partners this year, most of them Americans. The shooting deaths have increasingly sown mistrust and strained the partnership between Afghan and Western forces battling the Taliban insurgency.
The province’s deputy police chief, Ismail Hotak, identified the dead troops as British and said four other troops were wounded.
The Afghan shooter was killed by another soldier at the scene in the town of Gereshk, Hotak said. Since 2007, when the insider- attack phenomenon began, about 105 international troops have been killed by rogue Afghan security forces.