A two-star American general has been killed and 14 others injured in an attack at the military training academy in Afghanistan, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.
A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO troops on Tuesday. A German brigadier general has been seriously injured and an American two-star general was killed in the shootout.
Earlier it was reported that 15 people, including “about a dozen” Americans were wounded in the attack.
“We are in the process of assessing the situation,” the ISAF Joint Command said in a statement. “More information will be released as we sort out the facts.”
(NEW YORK TIMES) — KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war.
The coalition officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander, also were shot. Their conditions were not immediately known.
Other details of the shooting were sketchy, and the coalition, in an official statement, would only confirm that one of its service members had been killed in what it described as “an incident” at the Marshall Fahim National Defense University in Kabul. The coalition declined to specify any further details, saying it was still working to notify the family of the deceased.
Tensions at the military academy ran high in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which took place around noon, and foreign troops appeared to be on edge, fearful of another attack.
Massoud Hossaini, a photographer for The Associated Press, said that he arrived at the camp’s gate ahead of other journalists, and just as coalition armored vehicles were pulling out of the compound. A coalition soldier manning the roof-mounted gun on one of the vehicles shouted for Mr. Hossaini to “get away,” and then fired an apparent warning shot.