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Slovak soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:56AM GMT

A Slovakian soldier serving with US-led forces has been killed and six others have been wounded in an attack by an Afghan soldier in the south of the country.

On Tuesday, Slovak Defense Minister Martin Glvac said the Afghan soldier opened fire on Slovakian troops in “a terrorist attack" in the city of Kandahar.

The shooter was an Afghan national army soldier at the Kandahar airfield, according to the commander of the base, General Abdul Raziq Sherzai.

Sherzai added that the shooter was arrested.

Kandahar provincial government spokesman Javid Faisal stated that the Afghan soldier was taken into custody and questioned.

He added that the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting may have been an accident.

If it is confirmed that the incident was not an accident, the Slovakian soldier would be the ninth NATO-led soldier killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2013, according to an Associated Press count.

Initial reports said three Czech nationals had been injured in the attack.

According to the website, 3,348 NATO-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in 2001.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of over 100,000 US-led troops.


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