US soldier killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan ID'd

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a U.S. service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

In a statement, the Pentagon identified the soldier as Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California. He died Saturday in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has said that two other U.S. service members were wounded in the attack.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yosuf Ahmadi, said in a message to media Saturday that the shooting was carried out by a member of the Afghan security force who acted alone, but that the group "appreciated" his attack.

It was not immediately clear what became of the shooter.

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