United States launches airstrike in Afghanistan after insider attack

Last Updated: Jan 13 2018 13:59

Afghan sources told AFP that the United States Forces carried out an airstrike on an Afghan government militia after an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan and claimed lives of 13 fighters.

According to Hakim Khan, a commander of the government militia involved in the incident, the incident took place on Thursday as US soldiers were patrolling in the Islamic State-stronghold of Achin in Nangarhar province. 

He said there had been a “shooting incident” after which US forces conducted an airstrike targeting the militia.

“One US service member was wounded and is in stable condition at a medical treatment facility,” said spokesman Captain Tom Gresback. He did not disclose which branch of the military the troops were from.