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U.S. troops wounded in Afghan insider attack

An Afghan soldier opened fire on USA troops on Sunday, wounding at least seven, the US military said.The insurgents also target the worldwide coalition forces deployed in support of Afghan forces: seven United States soldiers were injured on Saturday by an Afghan soldier who returned his weapon against his instructors and advisers.In the deadliest attack in Achin in eastern Nangarhar province, three USA soldiers were killed when an Afghan soldier emptied his automatic rifle in their direction. The Taliban claimed the commando had been an infiltrator, but Afghan officials said it appeared to have been the outcome of a personal dispute.The military coalition had earlier said that one Afghan soldier had been killed and another wounded in the incident. A spokeswoman for the German forces at the joint missions command in Potsdam said: “According to what we know right now, no Germans were affected”. The group often reports an exaggerated number of casualties in attacks against government targets and security forces.Security forces are deployed at the site of suicide attacks and an ongoing clash between Taliban insurgents and government forces in the main police station in eastern Paktia province, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jun 18, 2017. The U.S. military also denied that any of its soldiers had been killed.A Taliban suicide team stormed the provincial police headquarters in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia today, killing at least six policemen before ultimately being gunned down.About sixty soldiers were killed on their bases, mostly at night, in the southern province of Kandahar alone around the end of May.So far this year, six US service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, all in Nangarhar in the eastern part of the country, according to statistics compiled by the website icasualties.org.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media.Still there does appear to be attempts to bridge the divide and reduce easy access by insurgents with a much improved vetting process for Afghan soldiers entering the army and stepped up efforts to build relationships and reduce cultural understandings on both sides. According to the Pentagon, the Pakistan Military is, to some extent, supporting Taliban groups that have taken refuge inside its borders. Since 2001, more than 2,000 American troops have been killed in combat and noncombat roles in the country.Ghani said the aim of the route was to create more opportunities and make Afghanistan an exporter country.