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KABUL: Eight American troops and a U.S. contractor died on Wednesday after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport — the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners.
The Afghan officer, who was a veteran military pilot, fired on the Americans after an argument, said the Afghan Defence Ministry.
The shooting occurred in an operations room of the Afghan Air Corps at Kabul airport. Five Afghan soldiers were injured.
An Afghan pilot identified the gunman as Ahmad Gul from Tarakhail district of Kabul province. He was killed in the incident. The Defence Ministry said the gunman was an Afghan military pilot of 20 years.
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