Several NATO soldiers killed by an Afghan soldier in Balkh province

Taliban attack kills five Afghan police injures 15

His description of the attack suggested a well-prepared and coordinated assault. The convoy returned fire in self-defense, and there were no United States casualties, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said in a statement. "Another suicide bomber was killed", he told AFP. Mr Araam said the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker.

The Taliban have said the shooting was carried out by a man loyal to them, according to Reuters. It's also suspected to be a so-called "green-on-blue" attack - when Afghan troops turn on their USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts.

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that seven US service members were wounded but said there were no USA fatalities.

The report by West Point's Modern War Institute entitled "Dress Like Allies, Kill Like Enemies" said the reason for insider attacks is a mix of "cultural friction" that results in a perceived insult and Taliban infiltration.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement that no US soldier died in the assault, while the attacker was killed in a retaliatory fire.

Five civilians were among the wounded. "The attack is under investigation", the alliance said a statement.

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He says two of the attackers were shot by security forces and probably one more attacker is still resisting.

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said an Afghan commando loyal to the militant group had opened fire on foreign "invaders", killing four and wounding four others.

The insider attack marks the second in a week in Afghanistan.

An Afghan soldier is alleged to have fired inside a military compound in northern Afghanistan and injured about seven U.S. troops.

They are battling to topple the government of President Ashraf Ghani and oust the Western forces that support him.

At least five policemen were killed and nine others wounded when Taliban insurgents stormed police headquarters in Gardez city in Paktia early Sunday morning, local officials confirmed.

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