Violence spikes across southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Violence spiked in southern Afghanistan where militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint, while a U.S. service member was killed by gunmen wearing Afghan security force uniforms and eight civilians died in a roadside bomb explosion, authorities said Tuesday.

By (AP)

Published: Tue 19 Jun 2012, 6:44 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

The heaviest fighting in Afghanistan this summer is in the south and east where Afghan forces are increasingly taking charge of security from their international partners.

Much of the violence over the two days has been in Kandahar province, the Taliban’s birthplace in the south.

On Monday, individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on their U.S. partners, leaving one American service member dead and nine other U.S. troops injured, U.S. officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the incident in Zhari district, which is still under investigation.

It was the latest in a rising number of cases where Afghan security forces, or militants disguised in their uniforms, have killed their international partners.

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