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Pentagon confirms US general killed in Kabul attack

Published on Aug 6, 2014 12:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that a US general was killed in an attack in Afghanistan – the highest-ranking American fatality since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The US Defence Department also identified the assailant, who was wearing a uniform, as an Afghan soldier and said that he was killed after he opened fire on coalition forces, his supposed allies.

“I can... confirm among the casualties was an American general officer who was killed,” the Pentagon spokesman, Rear-Admiral John Kirby, told reporters.

Rear-Adm Kirby said that he would not identify the general further pending next of kin.

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