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Afghan police officer kills U.S. soldier

An Afghan police officer shot and killed a U.S. soldier on patrol in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, said the U.S. military.

An Afghan police officer shot and killed a U.S. soldier on patrol in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, said the U.S. military.

The Afghan officer opened fire and tossed a grenade at the coalition patrol from a watchtower in the Bermel district of the eastern Paktika province, said the military statement.

Coalition troops returned fire on the tower, killing the Afghan officer.

Provincial governor Akram Akhpalwak said he didn't know why the attack took place.

The U.S. military said it is investigating the incident.

It was the second time in less than a month that an Afghan officer has killed a U.S. soldier. An Afghan policeman opened fire on U.S. troops at a police station in Paktika province in August, killing an American soldier and wounding three other troops.

U.S. forces shot and killed the Afghan police officer.

Military forces from Western countries, including Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Poland and Germany, are serving alongside Afghan forces in their fight against Taliban fighters.

Since 2002, 98 Canadians have been killed serving in the Afghanistan mission.

With files from the Associated Press