On-Base Muslim Imam Murders British Soldier

AINA (press release) 10 January 2013

A member of the Afghan army who acted as a prayer leader for troops has shot dead a British soldier in the year's first insider attack, according to officials in the region.

As many as six British troops were also injured in the shooting in Helmand Province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released shortly after details emerged, the BBC reported.

It is the latest such incident in a string of insider attacks that threatens to undermine the handover from international forces to local troops.

A member of the Afghan National Army in Helmand said the attacker - shot dead after opening fire - was from Laghman Province, in the east of the country and had joined the Afghan army a year ago. (continue reading...)