In a press conference that started today at 12:30 eastern standard time a spokesman for the Department of Defense, Rear Admiral John Kirby, confirmed that a US general was killed today in Afghanistan. The gunman, now dead, is believed to have been an Afghan soldier with Kirby noting the “pernicious” threat of insider attacks. The general was conducting a “routine site visit” of a training school for the Afghan government’s military.
The name of the general was not disclosed as the Pentagon seeks to contact his/her family.
The New York Times broke a story earlier today related to the incident and noted that the major general is the highest ranking military official to die in the Afghanistan War.
A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday. The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war.
The coalition officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity and would not release the name of the major general, said an unspecified number of other service members of the American-led coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander, also were shot. Their conditions were not immediately known.
The Pentagon spokesman estimated that 15 people were shot which included Afghan, US, and coalition forces being killed or hurt.
Insider threats were a subject of considerable debate after multiple Afghans who were member of the government’s military launched attacks against American and coalition forces. The Pentagon said they were still working on getting a bilatteral security agreement before drawing down forces by end of 2016.