2 sailors killed by Afghan soldier

(MILITARY TIMES) The Defense Department on Saturday identified the two sailors killed when an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on them in northern Afghanistan.

Navy Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, of El Cajon, Calif., and Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV, 26, of Narragansett, R.I., were killed Friday when the soldier fired on personnel assigned to Combined Security Transition Command — Afghanistan at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.

A third service member was wounded in the incident. Another appeared to be unharmed but was evacuated to a medical facility for evaluation. The Afghan soldier was reported to have killed himself immediately after the attack.

Officials report that this is the first time an incident like this has happened involving an Afghan National Army soldier.

In a similar incident, an Afghan policeman in September opened fire on U.S. troops at a police station in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktia province, killing an American soldier and wounding three. The policeman was killed by other U.S. forces at the police station. One month after that, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up inside a police station in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan. Two American soldiers were killed and five other people were wounded.

http://militarytimes.com/news/2009/03/navy_afghanistan_casualties_032909/

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