US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack

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A service member has died in southern Afghanistan in what appears to be a green-on-blue attack, military officials announced Saturday.

The Resolute Support statement said the two wounded on Saturday were in a stable condition and the incident was being investigated.

"The wounded service members, who are in stable condition, are now being treated", said the statement.

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The term "insider attack" refers to attacks carried out against US military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

Additional information will be released as appropriate, the Resolute Support said.

To date this year, three other troops have been killed in hostile incidents in Afghanistan.

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The last insider attack occurred in August 2017.

The number of insider attacks peaked at 61 in 2012, but the attacks have become rare after the USA military instituted security safeguards to protect American troops.

Afghan security forces, supported by global troops, are now trying to oust Islamic State militants from their strongholds the eastern province of Nangarhar. In the six months prior to June, there were two US military deaths due to hostile actions and 22 USA military personnel wounded, according the DoD report.

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