Three US troops killed after Afghan soldier opened fire

Earlier, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP that an Afghan commando had opened fire on USA troops and was killed in return fire.

A spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar province, Attahullah Khogyani, says the attack took place in the Achin district.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility, saying a Taliban loyalist infiltrated Afghan forces "just to attack foreign forces".

Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan.

One American official said the soldiers were shot in an apparent insider attack, also known as a "green-on-blue" because of the color-coding system used by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump's national security team briefed him on the situation. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes".

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The Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations to eliminate the militants affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group in Nangarhar province.

The identities of the slain soldiers and the injuries of the wounded soldiers were not immediately released.

In April, the USA military for the first time used its largest non-nuclear weapon, aptly nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, or MOAB, on a suspected ISIS tunnel complex in the same region of Afghanistan.

The so-called green-on-blue attacks - when Afghan soldiers or police attack worldwide troops - have been a major problem during Nato's long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.

May 7, 2016: Two Afghan soldiers killed two Romanian soldiers and wounded another during an attack inside a base in Kandahar. American officials say the military has proposed sending an additional 2,000 to 4,000 USA troops to Afghanistan, but the number may ultimately depend on how many additional troops are committed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners. It receives tactical advice and some financial support from outside Afghanistan, but US officials have said it does not appear there's been an influx of fighters from either country.

A United States warplane attacked a patrol of Afghan border police in the southern Helmand Province overnight, killing "several" and wounding a number of others.

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Either way, the United States offered "deepest condolences" for killing the Afghan security forces.

However, Khogyani said "The cause of the shooting is not clear". The police were killed in a friendly fire incident when a USA airstrike occurred on an Afghan border post.

She adds that shootings like the one that occurred Saturday "are called insider attacks - or green on blue - with Afghans wearing green shooting Americans and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers".

A USA air strike killed two Afghan Border Police soldiers in Helmand province on 9 June's night.

Beginning in 2016, Afghan security forces backed by U.S. military advisers launched a major offensive against ISIS.

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