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NATO: Afghan soldier who shot mentor killed

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Posted: Jun 20, 2011 5:55 AM
NATO: Afghan soldier who shot mentor killed

An Afghan soldier who shot dead his Australian mentor last month has been killed, NATO said Monday in a statement.

He was killed Sunday when he tried to pull his pistol on troops attempting to capture him in Khost province.

NATO says the man, Shafiullah, had no affiliation with any insurgent groups. Afghan army officials have said previously that the shooter was likely an insurgent who had infiltrated the army.

The report comes on the same day that the Afghan government hanged two men who killed scores of civilians in an attack on a bank in the east earlier this year.

Afghan officials had previously announced that the two men had been sentenced to death and Justice Ministry spokesman Farid Ahmad Najibi confirmed that they were hanged early Monday.

Separately, an international service member was killed in a bomb attack Monday in the south, NATO said. The coalition did not provide details of the incident or the service member's nationality.