Afghan soldier killed after firing on Bulgarian convoy

By HEATH DRUZIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 16, 2012

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan National Army soldier opened fire Monday on a NATO convoy near this southern city, the latest in a rash of similar attacks that have shaken trust between coalition troops and their Afghan partners.

The attacker fired on a NATO convoy at the Atal Army Corps Base around 11 a.m. and was killed by NATO troops returning fire, said Lt. Col. Wendy Rodgers, a spokeswoman for Regional Command–South. Rodgers said no NATO troops were injured in the shooting.

The convoy consisted of Bulgarian soldiers and included a military mentoring team, Rodgers said.

So-called green-on-blue shootings, in which members of the Afghan security forces turn on their coalition counterparts, have accounted for at least 17 of the 112 coalition deaths this year, according to media reports.

Monday’s shooting comes one day after a spectacular series of attacks across Kabul and eastern Afghanistan that involved suicide bombers and hours-long gun battles, though a small number of Afghan civilian and military casualties were reported.

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