One soldier killed, two injured in training explosion in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — One soldier was killed and two others wounded late Thursday when the explosives they were using for training detonated, officials said Friday.
The incident took place near Tarin Kowt in the central Afghanistan province of Uruzgan, officials said. An Afghan army soldier also was wounded in the incident.
There was no word on the condition of the injured, who were evacuated to Bagram air base for treatment, said a U.S. spokesman at the Combined Force Command-Afghanistan headquarters in Kabul. The Afghan soldier is being treated at a hospital in Tarin Kowt, he said.
The U.S. soldier’s name was being withheld pending notification of his family. The U.S. military ordered an investigation into the incident.
The military also announced late Thursday that U.S. forces had killed a Taliban leader during “heavy fighting” earlier in the week near Wazikwa in eastern Afghanistan.
Qari Amadullah was described by the military as a commander of “up to 50 Taliban fighters in the region and was thought to be in possession of a number of weapons systems to include rockets and rocket-propelled grenades.”
“Killing this individual will significantly disrupt Taliban operations in the region. We hope that with his death, Amadullah’s forces are able to find the courage to break with the Taliban organization and begin to reconcile with the government of Afghanistan,” Brig. Gen. James Champion, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force-76, said in a military statement.
According to U.S. military and Afghan officials, Amadullah was killed during a firefight with soldiers from the Vicenza, Italy-based 1st Battalion, 508th (Airborne) Infantry Regiment and the Afghan National Army.
Three U.S. soldiers were wounded during the clash and five militants were killed.