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Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the attack took place in the province's Achin district where Afghan and American forces have been fighting side-by-side against militants from the Taliban and the so-called "Islamic State".
In a statement from Washington, the Pentagon didn't provide details about what led to the deaths of the USA soldiers.
The incident in Helmand, like the one in Nangarhar, involved USA forces working in partnership with Afghan commandos, but there was no indication that the incidents were connected. "The American invaders were there to support their Afghan slaves". "And our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these American heroes", said Pence.
Kazem, an Afghan army soldier, said that such attacks are sometimes planned by the Taliban, but most of the time it is caused by minor disagreements between the two sides.
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The three previous US soldiers' deaths in Achin make up the entirety of USA combat fatalities in Afghanistan in 2017. "Several insurgents have also been killed during the same operations".
Such insider attacks have happened before in Afghanistan.
"In (a) joint US-Afghan military operation". The statement provided no further details of the incident but said it was under investigation.
An Afghan soldier killed three USA contractors and wounded another in an attack at Kabul International Airport. The Taliban said he was an infiltrator. Three U.S. soldiers had died there this year before Saturday's shooting. The US counterterrorism mission is separate from the NATO-led effort to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police force in its fight against the Taliban.
Local media reported at least two deaths, while the Reuters news agency quoted Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the Helmand governor, as saying that three officers had lost their lives and two were wounded.