Three Afghans arrested in shooting of NATO soldiers

Three Afghans arrested in shooting of NATO soldiers
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Three Afghan citizens have been arrested in connection with an apparent insider attack that left two NATO soldiers dead and a third injured over the weekend.

Romanian Defense Minister Mihnea Motoc announced the arrests Monday, according to The Associated Press.

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Romanian soldiers had been training Afghan police Saturday at a military base near Kandahar when two men wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) uniforms opened fire, the Romanian military said Sunday.

Motoc said the men were “probably Afghan police,” according to the AP.

Coalition troops returned fire and killed the attackers. But three Romanian soldiers were injured in the minutes-long firefight. Two later died of their injuries.

Insider attacks against coalition troops have declined in recent years from their peak in 2012 but still happen periodically. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in August. 

Saturday’s incident comes while the new U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, is reviewing future U.S. troops levels in the country.

U.S troop numbers are set to drop from 9,800 to 5,500 by the start of 2017.

In a statement after Saturday’s shooting, NATO said it doesn’t view the incident as representative of its larger relationship with Afghan forces.

“We continue to train, advise and assist the ANDSF,” the statement said, “and do not view this incident as representative of the positive relationship between our forces."