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2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Afghanistan 'insider attack'

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 18:52:55-05

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. military officials say two American soldiers were killed and six wounded in a so-called insider attack in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S. officials say an Afghan dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire late Saturday in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

The U.S. Department of Defense said 28-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Javier J. Gutierrez of San Antonio, Texas, and 28-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Antonio R. Rodriguez, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, were killed in the attack.

Afghan officials said one Afghan soldier was also killed, and the gunman died in the assault.

There have been numerous attacks by Afghan national army soldiers on their allied partners over 18 years of America's protracted war in Afghanistan.

Six U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

Last year, 22 U.S. service personnel died from “hostile” action.