Today's shooting in Kabul at a military academy has left a two-star general dead and 15 other soldiers wounded in a green-on-blue attack. The two-star general is the highest ranking officer to be killed in Afghanistan to date.
The Army major general was killed in what's known as a green-on-blue attack, aka as an insider attack, at Camp Qargha. The camp is located 11 miles west of Kabul.
ABC News reports: "A U.S. official described the shooting victim as a two-star general." Eight of the 15 wounded in the insider attack are Americans, all of whom are expected to live.
Camp Qargha was recently renamed the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in honor of Afghanistan's deceased vice president. Hundreds of Afghan forces are trained every month at Camp Qargha.
NBC News reported that a spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, tweeted about the death of the major general. The gunman was killed in an ensuing gun battle, by his fellow soldiers, after opening fire at the academy. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the insider attack.
The report also says the gunman was a bodyguard of the Paktia provincial governor. The shooting was condemned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who described the insider attack as "cowardly." Karzai also offered his condolences to the families of those who were killed and injured.
The British military is responsible for overseeing Camp Qargha, which is known by them as "Sandhurst in the sand" which is said to be a reference to the U.K.'s own officers' training school. Two senior Afghan officers were also injured in the green-on-blue/insider attack.
Sources from Afghan intelligence told NBC News the "shooter opened fire from a window," while the high-level ISAF delegation was visiting and touring the academy.
We have well-documented numerous green-on-blue/insider attacks in this column. Military officials have been divided concerning, what the underlying issue is behind the green-on-blue attacks. In August 2012, Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz was quoted as saying:
Some 10 percent we know are related to the insurgency; we continue to believe that most of the attacks are due to other reasons such as personal insults and combat stress.
It's said half of these insider attacks are usually carried out by Taliban infiltrators. To read more about these deadly green-on-blue attacks check out the links provided below.
- Green-on-blue attack brings military death toll to 2000 in Afghanistan
- Another 'green-on-blue' attack claims the life of an American soldier
- The Taliban claim responsibility for recent 'insider attack' involving poison
- Taliban declares spring offensive, more suicide and insider attacks coming
- Afghan soldier involved in green-on-blue attack in 2011, tracked down and killed
- 3 MARSOC special operations Marines killed by Afghan policeman
- Deadly premonition: Marine predicts own death by Afghan ally
- Green-on-blue attacks continue to escalate in Afghanistan
- Failed 'green-on-blue' attack leaves 1 rebel Afghan soldier dead
- American soldiers attacked by man dressed in Afghan Army uniform
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