Three (3) U.S. Army soldiers were shot and wounded on Sunday, when an Afghan Army soldier opened fire on them inside a base in Southern Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Province, officials have said.
The attack took place around 1:30 p.m. local time at camp Antonik in Washer District in Helmand.
“Coalition security forces on the base killed the soldier to end the attack,” Captain Bill Salvin, spokesperson for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, told Fox News.
“The soldiers are receiving medical treatment at this time, and we will release more information when available.”
There are roughly 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, more than in Iraq and Syria combined.
A detachment of U.S. Marines is scheduled to replace the Army unit in Helmand Province in the coming weeks.
Since October, 12 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan, and five are currently being held hostage there.
Currently, the Pentagon is weighing a decision to send more U.S. forces to Afghanistan. The top U.S. Commander in the country, Gen. John Nicholson, told Congress earlier this year that, he needed more U.S. and allied soldiers to help train the Afghan Army.
By: Victoria Asamoah