World U.S.: American soldier wounded in Afghan attack

16:46  11 january  2018
16:46  11 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Blast hits police in Afghan capital Kabul, dozens of casualties

  Blast hits police in Afghan capital Kabul, dozens of casualties A suicide bomber in the Afghan capital caused dozens of casualties on Thursday after blowing himself up close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said. Islamic State, which has claimed a series of attacks in Kabul over the past two years, issued a statement on its Amaq news agency saying it was responsible.It said a suicide bomber targeting a group of police and intelligence service personnel had detonated an explosive vest, killing or wounding around 80 of them.

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least one Afghan was killed and seven American soldiers were wounded in an “insider attack ” at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a U . S . military official said.

A similar insider attack wounded three U . S . soldiers in March in Helman province, according to ABC News. ABC News also reports that there are currently 8,400 American troops still in Afghanistan training Afghan forces and helping them in military operations.

Afghan commando forces on Jan. 3 take part in operations against insurgents in the Achin district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. A U.S. soldier was wounded in an attack in Achin. © Wali Sabawoon, NurPhoto via Getty Images Afghan commando forces on Jan. 3 take part in operations against insurgents in the Achin district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. A U.S. soldier was wounded in an attack in Achin. KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military says one of its soldiers was wounded when insurgents launched an attack in eastern Afghanistan's remote Achin district of Nangarhar province.

Capt. Tom Gresback, a U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, told the Associated Press one U.S. service member was wounded and is in stable condition in what he would describe only as "active ground engagement." He refused to give further details, including whether it involved a local militia.

In Afghanistan, local militias are often paid by the U.S. and are partnered with them in operations in remote regions.

The Taliban claimed the attack Thursday was carried out by two insurgents disguised as local militiamen. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press the attackers had infiltrated the local force months earlier.

Gresback said they were investigating the incident.

Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel - Afghan official .
A group of three or four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday and were exchanging fire with security forces, an interior ministry spokesman said. Details of the incident, including information on any casualties, were unclear but the attackers appeared to have included suicide bombers, ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a long series to have hit Kabul.The hotel, located on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in the city, was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011.

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