US launches airstrike after apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

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Insurgents posing as friendly militia members lured a US and Afghan team to a meeting in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike on the compound, the USA military said Friday.

Details of the incident remain unclear but a local member of parliament, Obaidullah Shinwari, said members of a pro-government militia had opened fire on US forces, killing two Americans and an interpreter.

U.S. Navy Captain Tom Gresback said the insurgents baited a coalition team, inviting them to a security shura meeting in the compound in the eastern province of Nangarhar on January 11.

NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan confirmed there had been an airstrike, but said it had targeted insurgents after they opened fire on an Afghan militia leader, a USA soldier and an interpreter.

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At the end of the meeting "multiple members of the insurgent group" started shooting, killing the militia leader and wounding the United States soldier and interpreter.

So-called "green-on-blue" attacks in which Afghan forces turn on their comrades or their Western counterparts have been a major problem during NATO's long years in Afghanistan.

U.S. Special Forces, cooperating with Afghan units, have been heavily engaged in Nangarhar, where Islamic State in Khorasan, the local affiliate of the radical movement, first appeared three years ago.

On Friday night, five police personnel were killed and five others wounded after Taliban attacked police checkpoints in Imam Sahib district, northern Kunduz province, district administrative Chief Mahbubullah Sayyedi told Xinhua.

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