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3rd LD Writethru: U.S. general killed in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that a United States Army general was killed on the day by an individual believed to be a member of the Afghan security forces who fired into a group of coalition troops.

According to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, the troops were on a routine site visit to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, the Afghan army's commissioned and noncommissioned officer academy.

"There are a number of casualties as a result of the shooting, perhaps up to 15, to include some Americans," he said during a news briefing. "Many were seriously wounded. Others received only minor injuries. The assailant was killed."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the fallen general on behalf of the men and women of the department, Kirby said.

The family notification process is not yet complete, the admiral said, and no further information will be released until that process finishes.

"I'm sure you can understand that we want to respect the notification process and the family's privacy at this time," he added.

Hagel received an update on the incident Tuesday morning from Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander.

"And he pledged to General Dunford whatever support he and this department could provide with respect to the investigation," Kirby added.

"The incident will be jointly investigated by Afghan and ISAF authorities. That investigation is just now getting underway. We need to let it proceed before speculating about any specific circumstances," Kirby said.