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Man in Afghan army uniform kills NATO soldier

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A man wearing the uniform of the Afghan army has shot dead a NATO service member on Friday in the east of the county.

The NATO statement provided no details about Friday’s attack and did not give the nationality of the service member killed. NATO usually waits for member nations to provide details about troop deaths.

The death brings to 20 the number of NATO soldiers killed by Afghan colleagues in at least 15 separate attacks so far this year.

“An individual in Afghan army uniform turned his weapon against coalition service members in eastern Afghanistan today, killing one service member,” NATO’s mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.

The International Security Assistance Force, which does not list its wounded in any attack, gave no further details and said the nationality of the dead soldier would be announced by his home country.

The incident is under investigation, it said.

An increasing number of Afghan soldiers are turning their weapons against NATO troops who are helping Kabul fight a decade-long insurgency by hardline Taliban Islamists.

Some of the assaults are claimed by the Taliban, who say they have infiltrated Afghan army ranks, but many are attributed to cultural differences and antagonism between the allied forces.