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Afghan soldier wounds 7 U.S. soldiers in insider attack

An Afghan soldier opened fire on American soldiers on Saturday, injuring at least seven, the U.S. military said. It was the second such insider attack by an Afghan soldier in the past week.

U.S. soldiers stationed at the camp in Mazar-e Sharif returned fire, killing the assailant

The U.S. military has said at least 7 U.S. soldiers were injured when an Afghan soldier opened fire at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif. In this April 29 file photo, U.S. Army General John Nicholson talks to U.S. soldiers during a transfer of authority ceremony in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (James Mackenzie/Reuters)

An Afghan soldier opened fire on American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan Saturday, injuring at least seven, the U.S. military said. It was the second such insider attack by an Afghan soldier in the past week.

Abdul Qahar Araam, spokesman for the 209th Army corps, confirmed that an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif. Araam said the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker.

Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, also confirmed the attack.

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that seven U.S. service members were wounded but said there were no U.S. fatalities. It said one Afghan soldier was killed and one wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid praised the attack in a statement sent to the media. But he did not claim Taliban responsibility.

Last week three U.S. soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in eastern Nangarhar province.

In that case Mujahid claimed that the shooter was a Taliban loyalist who infiltrated the army specifically to seek out opportunities to attack foreign soldiers.