An American general was killed today and 15 other soldiers wounded in an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan today.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Americans and other Afghans at Camp Qargha, a military academy 11 miles west of Kabul. The camp trains hundreds of Afghan forces a month and was recently renamed the Marshal Fahim National Defense University for the country's deceased vice president.
A U.S. official described the shooting victim as a two star major general, the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war. American generals usually have their own security details.
Eight of the 15 wounded are Americans, all of whom are expected to live, a U.S. official told ABC News.
The military is in the process of notifying the next of kin.
The other wounded included Germans.
Rear Admiral John Kirby said the shooter was believed to be an Afghan soldier.
Today's shooting is the latest in a string of so-called "green-on-blue" attacks in Afghanistan, in which members of the Afghan forces have attacked U.S. and coalition forces. There have been more than 85 green-on-blue attacks during the war, though they have become less frequent this year as fewer U.S. troops have been on the ground in Afghanistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack and noted that both Afghan and foreign soldiers were hurt.
"The soldiers were visiting the military academy to help with the buildup of Afghan security forces," Karzai said. He blamed the attack on "enemies who don't want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions."
"We are in the process of assessing the situation," the ISAF Joint Command said in a statement. "More information will be released as we sort out the facts."
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