KABUL: A man in Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO soldiers at a military base near Kabul, wounding five, the coalition said Wednesday, the latest in a series of so-called "green-on-blue" attacks.
Attacks by Afghan security forces on their allies from the US-led alliance have claimed 26 lives so far this year, according to an AFP tally, with the latest incident taking the total number of such attacks this year to 19.
"An individual wearing Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on coalition soldiers yesterday (Tuesday) wounding five," Colonel Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for US-led NATO coalition force said. "The wounded coalition soldiers were evacuated to a medical facility."
Dawlat Waziri, an Afghan defence ministry spokesman, confirmed the incident in Maidan Wardak province, a troubled region south of Kabul and said the attack took place inside a military base shared by Afghan and NATO troops.
"A man wearing our army uniform opened fire on the coalition soldiers, wounding five soldiers. The attacker fled the area and we're investigating the incident," Waziri said.