Two Romanian soldiers were killed and another was wounded on Saturday in an insider or “green-on-blue” attack, when two members of a local police unit they were training opened fire on them before themselves being killed, officials said.
Resolute Support, the NATO mission in Afghanistan, confirmed that two soldiers were killed today “when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) uniforms opened fire at an ANDSF compound in Southern Afghanistan,” according to a press release.
Coalition troops “returned fire and killed the shooters,” Resolute Support noted. The NATO mission did not disclose number of attackers who were killed or their affiliation or motivation, the location of the “incident,” or the slain soldier’s home country.
“We continue to train, advise and assist the ANDSF, and do not view this incident as representative of the positive relationship between our forces,” Resolute Support stated.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed two of their soldiers were killed and another was wounded “following an incident that occurred today near the city of Kandahar, while executing a mission to train the Afghan police.”
Romania contributes 588 of the 12,486 troops operating under Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
The last recorded insider attack was on April 2015, when an Afghan soldier killed a US soldier and wounded two more in an attack at the governor’s compund in Jalalabad, Nangarhar.