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Nato troops shot in Afghanistan


A US serviceman has been killed and two Italians wounded in Afghanistan, officials say, amid reports an Afghan soldier was responsible.

A senior Afghan officer told Reuters that the Afghan soldier opened fire on the foreign troops, and that he was also injured and was now in hospital.

But a spokesman for the the Nato-led Isaf mission said that the details of the incident were not clear.

An Isaf official told the BBC that it was now under investigation.

The official stressed that it could not be confirmed that the US soldier was shot by an Afghan soldier.

Correspondents say that it was also not clear if the shootings happened as a result of a deliberate attack, or whether it was a friendly fire incident as part of a wider battle taking place at the time.

A number of American soldiers have in the past been killed or injured by Afghan soldiers in friendly fire incidents and deliberate attacks.

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