MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – A United States Army general was killed by a man wearing Afghan army uniform at British military training academy on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, Spiegel Online reported Tuesday.
A total of 14 International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops, including a German general, were injured in the attack. The ISAF confirmed the report. The motive for the shooting is unknown.
The German general, Michael Bartscher, was flown to the US base in Bagram. His life is said to be out of danger.
The incident is the latest in the sting of “insider attacks” against NATO forces by members of Afghanistan's security forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan uniforms.
The so called "green-on-blue attacks” spiked in 2012 as NATO and Afghan forces started to work in more intimate contact with foreign troops handing over security to the Afghans and continuing to train them prior to the expected withdrawal of combat troops at the end of 2014. The spike in attacks prompted ISAF to enact stricter security measures.
ISAF is a NATO-led mission that has been active in Afghanistan since late 2001, aimed at training Afghan security forces.