Three U.S. soldiers were killed and others were wounded Saturday in an attack by an Afghan soldier, according to reports.
The Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement by Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid, who said the shooting was committed by one of the group’s fighters who had joined the Afghan army.
We haven’t heard a peep from our “president” Donald Trump.
Mike Pence addressed the attack in his remarks at an event in Wisconsin on repealing Obamacare:
“On my way here I was informed that U.S. service members were killed and wounded in an attack in Afghanistan. The president and I have been briefed; the details of this attack will be forthcoming. But suffice it to say, when heroes fall, Americans grieve. And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes.”
A spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, Lt. Damien Horvath, said earlier today, “We are aware of an incident in Eastern Afghanistan. We will release more information when appropriate.”
A White House spokesman told reporters Saturday that Donald Trump was “following the emerging situation in Afghanistan.”
Press Secretary Sean Spicer sent the following tweet, “@POTUS has been briefed by his National Security team on the events occurring in Afghanistan”
.@POTUS has been briefed by his National Security team on the events occurring in Afghanistan
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) June 10, 2017
The identities of the slain soldiers and the injuries of the wounded soldiers were not immediately made known.
The incident remains under investigation, officials said.
There are 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan training, advising and assisting the Afghan military in its fight against the Taliban.
About 2,000 of them are involved in counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda and the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan.