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Coalition forces limit contacts with Afghans in insider attack’s wake

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: NATO has limited face to face communication with Afghan security forces after the Kandahar and Herat incidents.

On October 18, Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and the provincial National Directorate Security (NDS) head were killed and some other high-level government officials and US general were wounded when security guard of governor Zalmai Wesa opened firing on them at the end of a meeting, Pajhwok News Agency reported Friday.

NATO and US Forces Commander Gen. Scott Miller escaped unhurt in the attack.

In Herat, a NATO soldier was killed in an insider attack also known as green-on-blue in the Shindand district.

The victim was from the Czech Republic, a statement from the Czech military said, though the NATO-led mission did not name the casualty.

Resolute Support Spokesperson Colonel Knut Peters said: “NATO has adjusted force protection measures to the current situation. This is a standard practice after green-on-blue attacks and applies mainly to face-to-face contacts. We have not stopped operations but conduct them from a distance, in particular through phone and email.”

It is worth mentioning that around 150 NATO and US soldiers have been killed and up to 200 injured in insider attacks since 2008.

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