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Gunmen in Afghan Uniforms Kill 2 NATO Service Members in Helmand

by F. Brinley Bruton and Fazul Rahim /
An Afghan National Police armored vehicle patrols on a street in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan on August 26, 2015. The Taliban seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday despite U.S. air strikes to repel them, and two NATO soldiers were shot dead by uniformed men on an army base in the area, a stronghold for militants and opium. Reuters

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KABUL — Two NATO service members died after gunmen wearing Afghan national security forces uniforms shot at their vehicle Wednesday, the coalition said in a statement.

The shooters died when NATO service members returned fire, according to the statement, which did not identify the nationalities of those killed. The incident happened in Helmand province.

Related: Guns, Cops With Vendettas Drive Afghan Violence

While more than 30 countries contribute troops to NATO's 13,195-person mission in Afghanistan, more than 6,800 are American.

Violence has worsened throughout the country in recent years as NATO withdraws and Afghan forces struggle to hold ground in the face of militant offensives. Insider or so-called green-on-blue attacks have punctuated the deteriorating security environment.

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