A high-ranking US soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Monday by a member of the Afghan national police, the latest insider attack against American troops there this summer, Newsweek reports.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard of Thornton, W.Va., was on his 13th deployment when he was killed. Military leaders described the assault as an “apparent insider attack” that also resulted to another soldier being wounded, but was reportedly in stable condition.
The shooting was carried out by a member of the Afghan National Police and occurred after a meeting between Afghan officials and American military advisors. The Afghan gunman was reportedly killed after the shooting while four other Afghan police officers were arrested.
The 42-year-old Bolyard was the highest-ranking enlisted soldier in his unit under 1st Security Force Brigade (SFAB) out of Fort Benning, Ga., an elite group the Army launched less than two years ago.
The Trump administration’s recent attempts to establish peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have been stalled because of a resurgent Taliban force, making it difficult to draw senior Taliban leadership into negotiations.
“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” according to Commanding Gen. Scott Miller in a statement in response to Bolyard’s death.