Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nine dead in a clash in Kabul

A pilot of Afghan forces shot and killed a contractor and eight NATO soldiers at an air base adjacent to Kabul International Airport, in the latest military confrontation between foreign and domestic makes April the deadliest month of 2011 the Atlantic Alliance. The shooting incident occurred at around 11.00 pm (06.30 GMT), when, after a dispute, the assailant opened fire on several members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan army, following the which began a shooting, according to various official sources reported.

"Eight ISAF soldiers and a civilian contractor, also abroad, were killed in the incident. We are still investigating the incident," a spokeswoman for the multilateral agency, Lapetoda April. The source declined to provide details on the nationality of the victims, a privilege it is for each country concerned, although a number of Afghan media reported that most of them were American.

The Defense Ministry spokesman in Afghanistan, Zahir Azimi, said the attack was carried out by a veteran military pilot "Afghanistan, which eventually was killed. In addition to those killed in NATO, the source added that two members of Afghan security forces were also injured in the incident.

Mujahid Zabiulah Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the action to the insurgency. At first, Mujahid said the bomber had been working previously at the air base, but later issued a statement to the press in which qualified that it was a "camouflaged agent" who used a military uniform to enter the facility through to a contact.

The attack is the latest in a series against Afghan and international forces perpetrated by insurgents who had infiltrated the security forces or camouflaged by their uniforms. The most notorious of recent times took place in December 2009, when seven officers of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of U.S.

killed in a suicide attack by a double agent based Jordanian Chapman, in the eastern province of Khost , which borders Pakistan. And without going so far, the past 15 days, an insurgent wearing a police uniform killed the head of this body in the restive southern city of Kandahar. Although the insurgents rely primarily on suicide attacks and roadside bombs to harass the security forces, the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of infiltrating the ranks of combatants in camp adversary.

The eight NATO soldiers killed in addition to the 44 NATO members who had died earlier in April, which has become the bloodiest month for international forces so far in 2011, according to the icasualties portal. org. NATO, which has about 150,000 troops in the Central Asian country, will begin in July this year to gradually transfer security responsibility to the Afghan army and police, a process that should conclude in 2014, as scheduled

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