A two-star American general has been killed and 14 others injured in an attack at the military training academy in Afghanistan, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.
A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO troops on Tuesday. A German brigadier general has been seriously injured and an American two-star general was killed in the shootout.
Earlier it was reported that 15 people, including “about a dozen” Americans were wounded in the attack.
“We are in the process of assessing the situation,” the ISAF Joint Command said in a statement. “More information will be released as we sort out the facts.”
The German brigadier-general is “not in a life-threatening condition,” German military said as cited by the AP.
ISAF, in a statement obtained by RT, confirmed that an incident occurred on Tuesday involving local Afghan and ISAF troops at The Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul City, Afghanistan.
This facility was incorrectly named Camp Qargha in an earlier ISAF release.
“At this time, ISAF can confirm one ISAF service member was killed. This incident is under investigation,” the ISAF said. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification to the relevant national authorities,” it added.
The American major general was shot by an Afghan soldier at close range, writes the New York Times, citing an official from the American-led coalition and Afghan media. The officer, the paper adds, was the highest-ranking member of the US military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war.
The unnamed source in the coalition also said that an unspecified number of other coalition service members and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. No details regarding their conditions have so far been released.
According to reports, the incident occurred around noon, but details of the attack were not immediately clear. Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry, said a “terrorist in an army uniform” opened fire on both local and international troops. Azimi said the shooter was killed and added that three Afghan army officers were wounded.
NATO said in a statement that it was “in the process of assessing the situation.”
So far, the motivation for the attack remains unclear.