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Pentagon: Taliban struck shortly after insider attack

‘Taliban militias’ attacked a U.S.-held district center shortly after two soldiers were shot by men wearing Afghan army uniforms

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Shortly after two U.S. soldiers were shot by two men wearing Afghan army uniforms in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militias attacked a U.S.-held district center, the Pentagon said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby left open the possibility that the attack that killed the two U.S. soldiers on Wednesday was linked to the Taliban, although said that he would not speculate on whether the events were connected.

The incident is undergoing a joint investigation from U.S. and Afghan officials

So-called “green on blue” attacks, where Afghanistan army soldiers – or insurgents disguised in their uniforms - attack U.S. soldiers, have rapidly reduced due in part to the ongoing withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

Around 80 such attacks took place in the conflict-ridden country between 2008 to 2013, according to U.S.-based news website Long War Journal.

(With the Associated Press)