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WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say an American service member was killed and several others were injured when individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on them in southern Afghanistan on Monday.

The shootings are the latest in a growing number of possible insider attacks against U.S. forces.

Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, confirms the death, and says the three Afghan shooters fled and are being sought. Although they were wearing police uniforms, it was not yet clear if they were actually Afghan police or just wearing the clothing.

Other U.S. officials say nine U.S. troops were injured in the shooting, mostly with fairly minor wounds. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an investigation.

The number of insider attacks in Afghanistan has escalated, with more than a dozen fatal assaults already this year, that have led to more than 20 deaths.

(Associated Press)

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