NATO disputed the Taliban claim.
do not know why it started but there is no indication that a suicide
bomber was involved and there are no reports that someone managed to get
into the base to do this," the NATO-led force said in a statement.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for previous conflicts between NATO
service members and members of the Afghan military. CNN could not
independently verify the group's claims.
The Taliban said the man was once a pilot in an Afghan regime in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
the current Afghan air forces have no planes so, he was just going to
Kabul airport to show up and earn his salary for a long time," Mujahid
The man "was
holding the rank of colonel at the time and he had an AK-47 with him.
After his bullets were finished, then he was shot to death by armed
forces," Mujahid told CNN.
was confusion about the death toll. The NATO-led force initially said
six service members were killed. It raised that toll to nine but backed
away temporarily before saying again that the shooting killed nine
people -- eight international service members and a civilian contractor.
The Pentagon confirmed that all were Americans.
between Afghan forces and NATO troops is a matter of extreme concern
for NATO officials, and it is growing in frequency.
have been 36 NATO deaths in the past two years attributed to attacks by
people perceived to be Afghan soldiers or police. Officials fear that
the increasing frequency of the attacks could undermine trust between
NATO troops and the Afghans they are working hard to prepare so they can
eventually take over security in the country.
Taliban's claim that the Afghan gunman was their recruit follows a now
familiar pattern of the insurgency stating that attacks are theirs, even
though NATO later suggests the gunman was acting out of personal
Out of 16
incidents of Afghan forces shooting NATO personnel that NATO has
investigated, eight have been determined to be motivated by combat
stress on the part of the Afghan attacker. The other eight
investigations are undetermined.