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April 16, 2012 Spacewar.com  (AFP)

 

Kandahar, Afghanistan - NATO troops killed an Afghan soldier inside a military base Monday after he opened fire on them, a military official said, amid a spate of attacks by local forces on their foreign allies.

 

The attack took place at the Atal Army Corps base, just outside Kandahar city in the south of the country.

 

"An army soldier has opened fire on ISAF vehicle to kill troops," Afghan army commander for southern Afghanistan General Abdul Hameed Hameed told AFP.

 

The troops returned fire and killed the assailant, he added.

 

NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said "we are aware of the incident" but give no details, saying an investigation was under way.

 

Since the start of the year members of the Western-funded Afghan security forces have killed 17 coalition personnel in what authorities call "green-on-blue" attacks.

 

After many of the killings the Taliban, the main militant group behind a 10-year insurgency, claim the attackers were their fighters infiltrating the Afghan security forces.

 

NATO officials however, have dismissed the claims, saying the bulk of the assaults had individual motives such as stress, fatigue and family issues.

 

There are about 130,000 US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban but most of the troops will leave the war-torn country by 2014 when Afghans are due to take over security responsibilities.

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