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Afghan military pilot kills eight NATO troops

world Updated: Apr 30, 2011 08:51 IST

Afghan military pilot kills eight NATO troops

Moscow, April 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti)

Eight foreign troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan and a contractor were killed by an Afghan Air Force pilot at the Kabul Airport on Wednesday following an apparent argument, the BBC reported citing NATO officials.

The "rogue" pilot, a veteran Afghan military officer, was also killed by Afghan security personnel in the shooting.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan released a short statement confirming the incident, but gave no further details.

No details were given on what caused the apparent argument.

Today's shooting is one of the deadliest in a string of attacks against NATO troops carried out either by renegade Afghan soldiers or Taliban dressed in police or army uniforms.

According to official information, at least 42 foreign troops have died at the hands of "friendly" Afghans since November 2009, when a "rogue" Afghan policeman killed five British soldiers in Helmand province.

NATO's exit strategy in Afghanistan envisions the transition of security responsibility to Afghan authorities by the year 2014. Afghan security forces are to be boosted to at least 300,000.

NATO and Afghan officials fear that rapid recruitment with inefficient security checks could facilitate Taliban infiltration into police and army ranks.