KABUL, Afghanistan (MCT) — A man in an Afghan army uniform shot to death two U.S. troops Thursday and then fled into a crowd of anti-American demonstrators outside their base, Afghan officials said.
The NATO force confirmed that two of its service members had been slain in eastern Afghanistan, without disclosing their nationalities or providing details about the circumstances.
Afghanistan has been racked this week by protests over the apparently inadvertent burning of copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book. But even before the current outbreak of unrest, turncoat shootings had systematically eroded trust between Western and Afghan forces, with dozens of attacks taking place over the last two years.
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