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Taliban storm Afghan police compound, kill 5 police

18 June 2017

One Afghan soldier was killed and another was hurt in the attack that occurred around 2 p.m.at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh Province, according to a statement from the press office of Operation Resolution Support, the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to train and advise Afghn forces.

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209th Army corps, confirmed Saturday that an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif.

Five Taliban suicide bombers attacked on Sunday a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, leaving scores of deaths and injuries, officials announced.

Four foreign soldiers were injured when the Afghan soldier opened fire on foreign troops in Mazar-i Sharif, an Afghan military spokesman told CNN.

According to Afghan news agency Pajhwok Afghan News, four North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers were killed in attack by an Afghan soldier in northern Balkh province and details were awaited.

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Such "indoor" attacks, in which Afghan soldiers or policemen return their weapons against members of the worldwide coalition responsible for them, is a recurring nightmare for Western forces in Afghanistan. Initially conflicting reports emerged about the number of casualties in the attack, with Afghan officials telling Reuters that four U.S. troops had been killed; that number has since been revised. Since 2001, more than 2,000 American troops have been killed in combat and noncombat roles in the country.

In a statement, the Taliban greeted a "patriot soldier who carried out an attack, killing and wounding six American soldiers" without specifying whether this assailant, a member of the armed forces, came from their ranks.

In March another insider attack killed three USA soldiers.

"Around 6:20 this morning a martyr attack was conducted by our mujahideen against a special forces base in Gardez, Paktia", he said in a statement.

"The incident is now under investigation", the statement read.

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Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers were training their Afghan counterparts at the base where the attack took place.

Similar incidents have also plagued Afghan troops, depleting morale and causing mistrust within security ranks. "At this time we can confirm there are no USA or NATO Resolute Support fatalities". "We will not be deterred, the NATO-Afghan partnership is strong".

The latest insider attack comes at a time of intensified violence and when the United States is actively considering sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Local residents say they have seen military helicopters hovering over the area.

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Taliban storm Afghan police compound, kill 5 police