American soldier wounded in Afghan attack

Afghan policemen in Kabul keep watch following blasts claimed by the Islamic State. Shah Marai—AFP

NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan says a US soldier has been wounded in what it calls an "active ground engagement".

A clash broke out between the local uprising forces and the US Special Forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday, the local officials said.

On the other hand, the Taliban group claims that the attack was carried out by one their fighters who had managed to infiltrate among the public uprising forces ranks.

In a statement sent to VOA, Mujahid said American forces were engaged in a meeting with members of a pro-government Afghan militia when two Taliban infiltrators opened fire on them.

The incident occurred yesterday as USA soldiers were patrolling in the Islamic State-stronghold of Achin in Nangarhar province, according to Hakim Khan, a commander of the government militia involved in the incident.

Gresback said they were investigating the incident.

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"We are looking into the details of engagement with our Afghan partners and will provide more information when appropriate", Gresback said.

So-called "green-on-blue" attacks in which Afghan forces turn on their comrades or their Western counterparts have been a major problem during Nato's long years in Afghanistan.

A local MP claimed two United States soldiers were killed in the incident, though the Pentagon denied any troops were killed, and only one wounded. The insurgent group often issues inflated casualty tolls for such incidents.

Several southern districts in Nangarhar house IS and Taliban bases.

Nangarhar has been the deadliest province for USA forces in the past year.

"An insurgent affiliated group posing as local militia. baited a local Afghan militia leader and a United States service member with an Afghan interpreter into a compound under the pretense of a security.meeting", said spokesman Captain Tom Gresback.

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