Two US service members killed, 6 wounded in insider attack in Afghanistan

2 U.S. military service members were killed and 6 others were wounded in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan on February 8, the U.S. military reported.

According to the official statement, the incident is being investigated as a possible insider attack.

“Two U.S. service members were killed and six others were wounded in a firefight on Feb. 8 in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province,” U.S. Forces- Afghanistan said. “The wounded service members are receiving medical treatment at a U.S. facility.”

“Upon completing a key-leader engagement at the district center, current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun.”

Earlier, the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based in Eglin, Florida, had reported that “several 7th SFG(A) Soldiers were injured or killed during combat operations in Afghanistan on February 8, 2020. The families of the deceased and wounded are being notified. In accordance with DoD policy, the names of the causalities are being withheld until 24 hours.”

Over the past year, insider attaks by Afghan soldiers defected to the Taliban have become a major problem for US-led forces in the country. A notable number of local and foreign personnel were killed or injured in such attacks.