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KABUL - An attacker wearing an Afghan Army uniform opened fire on international troops Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing one, NATO said. Coalition forces returned fire and killed the attacker.

The shooting was the latest in a string of attacks against US and other foreign forces by their Afghan partners or assailants posing as them.

The alliance did not provide more details, saying an investigation was underway. It also did not disclose the nationality of the service member killed.

Such attacks have raised the level of mistrust and ill will between the US-led coalition and its Afghan counterparts and drawn concern about the readiness of government forces to take over Afghan security ahead of the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of foreign combat troops.


The insider threat to foreigners trying to mentor and strengthen Afghan security forces has existed for years but has grown more deadly.

The US-led coalition routinely reports each time an American or other foreign soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform, but the International Security Assistance Force does not report attacks in which the Afghan wounds his US or allied target.

The coalition also doesn’t report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those killed.

The number of such attacks has been on the rise.

So far this year there have been 18 attacks killing 11 soldiers, compared with 21 last year killing 35, according to NATO figures. That compares with 11 fatal attacks and 20 deaths the previous year.

Also Sunday, a NATO service member was killed by a bomb in eastern Afghanistan.