An Afghan police officer opened fire in a meeting Monday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least two members of the U.S. Special Operations forces and five Afghan troops and police officers, officials said. The attack, one of the deadliest so-called “insider attacks” this year, occurred in Wardak province during a meeting between U.S. and Afghan troops ahead of a joint mission, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.
The attacker stormed into the room where the meeting was being held, spraying machine-gun fire, according to a senior Afghan military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the incident. It was unclear whether the gunman was a Taliban recruit or acting out of personal enmity.
In addition to the men killed, about a dozen U.S. and Afghan troops were injured, including the district police chief
Monday’s attack looks to further threaten the fragile relationship between the two nations.
Associated Press video shows a U.S. major cursing out one of his soldiers and slapping him over the head with his cap as Afghans pulled dead bodies from the truck. In the video, the major appears to be upbraiding the soldier for not using a laser to warn the approaching truck.
The two dead men were employees of a company that repairs police vehicles, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. Another man was wounded in the shooting, said Col. Mohammad Alim, the police commander overseeing Kabul highways.
On Friday, three men in Afghan Army uniforms killed a civilian contractor and two Afghan soldiers at a joint military base in Kapisa Province.