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2 NATO Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

  • Ayaz Gul

FILE - Soldiers stand guard at the NATO Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

FILE - Soldiers stand guard at the NATO Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The NATO-led military coalition said two of its soldiers were killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan when two individuals wearing local forces uniforms opened fire at a military compound.

A statement from the international Resolute Support mission in Kabul said its members returned fire and killed the shooters. It said Afghan and coalition officials had launched an investigation into the incident but gave no other details and did not reveal the nationalities of the slain soldiers.

The NATO-led noncombat mission consists of around 13,000 soldiers, mostly Americans, and has been training Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, known as ANDSF, since January 2015.

“We continue to train, advise and assist the ANDSF, and do not view this incident as representative of the positive relationship between our forces,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press cited Romania's Defense Ministry as saying two of its soldiers had been killed and another injured while they were training Afghan soldiers near the southern city of Kandahar on Saturday morning.

The injured man was in stable condition and was to be transferred to Germany for treatment, the ministry said, adding that Romania has 631 troops serving in Afghanistan.

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