Man in Afghan army uniform kills NATO trooper

July 16, 2011 - 6:59 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says a man wearing an Afghan army uniform has killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan.

The coalition says that after Saturday's shooting, the man ran off. A search is under way for him.

The incident is under investigation.

It is not known whether the gunman was a member of the Afghan National Army or was just wearing the uniform as a disguise.

Afghan defense officials could not be reached for immediate comment.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed at least six Afghan soldiers in an ambush on an army patrol in western Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The militants attacked the patrol Friday afternoon in Bala Buluk district of Farah province, said Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry. He said six soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded in the gunbattle.

Azimi added that 12 militants have been killed in the Afghan military operation, which is still under way in the area.

Separately, the U.S.-led military coalition said a NATO service member died in a roadside bombing Saturday in the south and another was killed Friday in an insurgent attack in the west.

Twenty-nine international troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month, including at least 14 Americans.