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NATO soldier killed in Taliban-claimed attack in Afghanistan

A NATO soldier has been killed and two others have been wounded in a Taliban-claimed attack in Afghanistan, days after a US general was wounded in a shooting on a high-level security meeting.

NATO’s Resolute Support mission is not immediately releasing the nationalities of the three soldiers involved in the assault in the western province of Herat, but it is understood that they are not American.

“Initial reports indicate the attack was committed by a member of the Afghan security forces,” Resolute Support says in a statement.

In the incident’s wake, Tadeen Khan — a brother of Raziq and a member of the Afghan security forces — has been appointed acting provincial police chief, interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

Rumors on Afghan social media networks that Resolute Support carried out the attack on Raziq were dismissed by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday, who blamed “the enemies of the Afghan people and their regional supporters” for the gossip.

“Such rumors are justifying the enemies’ atrocities,” Abdullah — Afghanistan’s equivalent of prime minister — said in comments at a regular ministerial meeting that were broadcast on Afghan television.

— AFP

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