According to The New York Times, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which left one soldier dead and two injured. However, two Afghan officials, who did not want to share their identity because of the sensitivity of the information, said the “shooting was the result of a quarrel” and it probably was not about the infiltration of a Taliban fighter.
The attack came only a week after the previous incident near Bagram military base in which five Czech soldiers were injured. In August, three soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing, one of the deadliest assaults on NATO soldiers in many months.
Many politicians expressed their condolences to the family of the fallen soldier. Minister of Defence Lubomir Metnar described soldiers as heroes, saying that they fight against terrorism and ensure peace and security at home. “We are not leaving Afghanistan,” Metnar said at a press conference.
PM Andrej Babiš wrote on Twtitter that he was struck by another loss of life in Afghanistan and that he wants to talk with Metnar on whether it is possible to take measures to eliminate these attacks.
“I admire the bravery of our soldiers in Afghanistan. Their work is very important for the international community and deserves our respect and full support,” Petr Fiala, chairman of the Civic Democratic Party, said.