Three British Troops Are Fragged
Armed with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and an automatic rifle, a rogue Afghan soldier attacked a group of British troops early Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing three of the soldiers and wounding four others before escaping.
The Afghan soldier was assigned to a patrol base shared by NATO troops and the Afghan National Army in the volatile southern province of Helmand, according to NATO spokespeople and Afghanistan's Defense Ministry.
Helmand is where American troops mounted a large-scale offensive earlier this year to uproot Taliban insurgents from a stronghold in the town of Marjah.
The motive for the attack in the Nahr-e-Sarraj district remained unclear.
U.S. military leaders have stressed the importance of ratcheting up the training of Afghan security forces so that they can gradually take on more responsibility for securing their own country.
The Associated Press reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai sent a letter of apology to the British government. Karzai's spokesman, Waheed Omar, said Karzai
was upset to hear this. … It's a very regrettable case, and we hope that this is thoroughly investigated.Yeah! Let's get to the bottom of this!