Insider attack kills 2 US troops, 2 Afghans

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 11:33 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused U.S. forces of working with the Taliban to keep Afghanistan weak, there's news of another insider attack.

Officials say an Afghan police officer opened fire from the back of a police pickup truck in eastern Afghanistan today, sparking a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen along with the attacker. It's unclear whether the assailant was targeting the Afghan policemen as well as the U.S. special operations forces. Ten Americans and at least 12 Afghans were wounded in the attack.

The incident took place in Wardak province. Karzai had ordered U.S. special forces to leave the province by today, over allegations that Afghans working with the U.S. commandos were involved in abusive behavior.

In a second incident, outside Kabul, U.S. troops fired on a truck approaching their military convoy, killing two Afghan men inside.

The U.S. ambassador reacted sharply to Karzai's charges of colluding with the Taliban. Ambassador James Cunningham says it's "inconceivable" that America would spend the lives of it sons and daughters to help Afghans to secure and rebuild their country, and at the same time be engaged in endangering Afghanistan and its citizens.

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190-v-33-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--Two American troops are dead after an insider attack in Afghanistan. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (11 Mar 2013)

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191-c-13-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"third insider attack"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports an Afghan police officer opened fire on American and Afghan troops at a police station in eastern Afghanistan. (11 Mar 2013)

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172-c-13-(Heidi Vogt (VOHT), AP correspondent)-"in the shootout"-AP correspondent Heidi Vogt reports another incident of insider violence in Afghanistan has killed American military personnnel and Afghan policemen. (11 Mar 2013)

<<CUT *172 (03/11/13)>> 00:13 "in the shootout"

173-c-18-(Heidi Vogt (VOHT), AP correspondent)-"of the compound"-AP correspondent Heidi Vogt reports a police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces at a police station in eastern Afghanistan sparking a firefight that left two U.S. troops dead. (11 Mar 2013)

<<CUT *173 (03/11/13)>> 00:18 "of the compound"

APPHOTO ANS109: Mohammed Isaq, weeps as he tells the story of his nephew's arrest by U.S Special Forces in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, infuriated by villager reports of forced detentions and mass arrests, gave U.S. Special Forces two weeks to vacate Wardak province, located barely 30 kilometers (24 miles) from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The deadline for their withdrawal expired midnight Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (11 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO ANS105: Afghan villagers show a paper with pictures of relatives held in U.S. Special Forces custody in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, infuriated by villager reports of forced detentions and mass arrests, gave U.S. Special Forces two weeks to vacate Wardak province, located barely 30 kilometers (24 miles) from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The deadline for their withdrawal expired midnight Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (11 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO ANS115: Afghan National Civil Order Police check passengers at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, infuriated by villager reports of forced detentions and mass arrests, gave U.S. Special Forces two weeks to vacate Wardak province, located barely 30 kilometers (24 miles) from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The deadline for their withdrawal expired midnight Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (11 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO ANS116: Afghans ride their bikes on a deserted road in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, infuriated by villager reports of forced detentions and mass arrests, gave U.S. Special Forces two weeks to vacate Wardak province, located barely 30 kilometers (24 miles) from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The deadline for their withdrawal expired midnight Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (11 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO ANS111: Afghan men peer out of a bus at a checkpoint manned by Afghan National Civil Order Police on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, infuriated by villager reports of forced detentions and mass arrests, gave U.S. Special Forces two weeks to vacate Wardak province, located barely 30 kilometers (24 miles) from the Afghan capital of Kabul. The deadline for their withdrawal expired midnight Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) (11 Mar 2013)

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