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KABUL, Afghanistan — A gunman, possibly a private security guard, shot dead a member of the U.S.-led international coalition in southern Afghanistan on Saturday before himself being killed, NATO said.
A coalition statement blamed the shooting on an “alleged contracted security guard.” It did not say if he was an Afghan or foreign national and provided no other details. It also did not provide the service member’s nationality.
“The scene of the incident is secure and the suspected gunman has been killed,” the statement said. It added that coalition and “Afghan officials are assessing the incident and more information will be released as appropriate.”
The perimeters of many coalition facilities, embassies and international organizations are guarded by Afghan guards contracted from a government agency that provides such services. Internal security at many facilities is provided by foreign guards contracted from multinational security corporations.
Last year also saw a spike in “insider attacks” by uniformed Afghans against foreign soldiers and civilians. In some cases, militants have donned Afghan army or police uniforms to attack foreign troops, but a number have been carried out by members of Afghan security forces against their own comrades.
The coalition also said that one of its service members died of a non-battle-related injury in the south. It provided no other details.
The two deaths bring the total among foreign forces to 128 so far this year, of which 98 are from the U.S.