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US General Killed In Afghan 'Insider Attack'
An American two-star general has been killed and 15 other people injured, including two Britons and a senior German officer, in a shooting at a military academy in Afghanistan.
The suspected insider attack was carried out by a man dressed in an Afghan military uniform at the Marshal Fahim National Defence University in Kabul.
The shooting happened during a high-level visit by Nato officers.
US Army Major General Harold Greene was killed in the attack, making him the highest-ranking member of the American military to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby also said the two-star general was the highest-ranking US officer to have been killed since the 9/11 attacks, when Lieutenant General Timothy Joseph Maude was killed by a hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Rear Adm Kirby said the gunman was also killed in the Kabul attack.
"We believe that the assailant was an Afghan soldier," he added.
Roughly half of those wounded in the attack were Americans.
Rear Adm Kirby said many were seriously wounded, while others received only minor injuries.
Germany's ministry of defence confirmed the German brigadier general was among those wounded.
It said he was flown to a US base in Bagram, where he was receiving medical treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening.
The Ministry of Defence said the two UK service personnel were being treated for injuries.
Afghanistan's defence ministry said a "terrorist in an army uniform" opened fire on both local and international troops.
Reports suggest an argument between some Afghans and an Afghan soldier prompted the shooting.
Initial reports that the shooting occurred at the British-run Camp Qargha officer training academy were inaccurate, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said.
An Isaf spokesman said: "We are in the process of assessing the situation. More information will be released as we sort out the facts."
The number of insider attacks, also known as "green on blue attacks" - where Afghan troops turn on Isaf partners - has dropped in the last year.
In 2013, there were 16 deaths in 10 separate attacks. Similar attacks killed 53 Isaf troops in 38 incidents in 2012.