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Afghan held in attack on allies escapes

KABUL — An Afghan soldier arrested in the shooting death of one coalition soldier and the wounding of four others last week escaped from custody Sunday after a soldier guarding him devised an elaborate ruse to sneak him out through a military hospital, officials said.

The imprisoned soldier, identified as Lamber Khan, and his guard escaped from an Afghan Army base in the southern province of Kandahar, according to Afghan General Abdul Hameed.

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The guard, who was a supervisor, filled out a hospital card for Khan, allowing him to leave the detention wing of the base and visit the hospital, Hameed said. There, the guard was able to unshackle him, and the two escaped together.

The Taliban said Khan, a five-year veteran of the army, had been in touch with them before and after the shooting.

The International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF as the military coalition is known, said it was aware of the soldier’s escape.

The attack was the sixth so-called insider attack this year, a term used when an Afghan soldier turns his weapons on coalition allies.

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