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3 US troops wounded in Afghan base attack

KABUL

Three American troops were wounded on Saturday in an apparent insider attack by an Afghan soldier inside a military base, an official said, as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

The so-called “green-on-blue” attack at Camp Shaheen near northern Mazar-i-Sharif city is the latest in a string of incidents where Afghan soldiers have turned their weapons on international forces training them.

It comes as Washington is expected to announce an increase in US troops deployed to the country as Afghan forces struggle to rein in the Taliban who are ramping up their offensive against the Western-backed government.

“Initial information shows three US soldiers visiting the base were wounded,” ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said, adding that the attacker had been gunned down.

US-led Nato forces confirmed that American soldiers had been wounded in “an incident” at Camp Shaheen, without specifying a number.

“At this time we can confirm there are no US or Nato Resolute Support fatalities,” the international coalition said in a brief statement.  “US soldiers have been wounded. One Afghan soldier was killed and one was wounded in the incident.”

The Taliban in a statement did not say if they were directly behind the attack, only crediting a “patriotic Afghan soldier” for the assault.

Agencies