Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead

Earlier this year in March a similar insider attack wounded three U.S. soldiers at an Afghan military complex in Helmand province.

Meanwhile, NATO said seven U.S. service members were wounded and evacuated for treatment after the attack at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-i-Sharif.

He said one of the attackers detonated his suicide vest inside the compound, two others were shot dead by police and one was still fighting.

Six U.S. troops have been killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan so far in 2017.

Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the Taliban terrorist group, which asserted that at least 100 police officers had been killed, according to Reuters.

Sseven US servicemen were wounded and one Afghan soldier was killed in an insider shooting at a base in northern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense is investigating the attack, says Abdul Qhahar Aram, head of strategic communication and public affairs for the 209 Shahin Corps.

The Resolute Support mission announced on its Twitter feed that "U.S. soldiers have been wounded" but said there were no US fatalities.

"One attacker blew up his vehicle at the entrance of the headquarters, opening the way for two others who opened fire on the security forces while another suicide bomber was killed", Mr Shirzad said.

-Afghan military operation in the country's Achin district.

Following the blast, at least four more attackers stormed the gate, but two were killed by police.

Both Afghan and American analysts, however, doubt that adding several thousand more troops to the 8,400 now here will make much difference in a war that at one point involved 140,000 US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces. "The attack is under investigation", the alliance said a statement. Pakistan's military commanders bristled at the "unwarranted accusations" and said Afghans should "look inward" to solve their insurgent problems.

The insurgents are also targeting the global coalition supporting the Afghan army. USA troops accused their Afghan allies of "pervasive illicit drug use, massive thievery, personal instability, dishonesty, no integrity, incompetence, unsafe weapons handling, corrupt officers. high AWOL rates, bad morale, laziness (and) repulsive hygiene".

Defense Secretary James Mattis is set to decide in coming weeks on whether to grant the request of Army Gen. John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, to deploy betweeen 3,000 and 5,000 additional forces to the country.

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