U.S. service member, civilian killed in Kabul attack

Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 11:00:12-04

KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. service member and a U.S. civilian were killed during an attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to a release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

Another U.S. service member and two other U.S. civilians also sustained wounds and are currently stable.

The release says the attack happened near a coalition base by an unknown assailant who was later killed.

It occurred while they were conducting duties as part of the larger NATO mission to Train, Advise and Assist the Afghan security services.

According to Al Jazeera, the gunman was in an Afghan security uniform.

“Anytime we lose a member of our team, it is deeply painful,” said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan and Resolute Support. “Our sympathies go out to the families, loved ones and the units of those involved in this incident. To those who continue to target coalition forces, ANDSF, and Afghan civilians, RS and USFOR-A will continue to pursue our Train, Advise, and Assist mission to help our partners create a better Afghanistan.”

The identities of the victims are being withheld until the next-of-kin notifications are made.