Afghan soldier kills NATO soldier


(CNN) -- An Afghan soldier shot and killed a NATO soldier Monday in southern Afghanistan, high-ranking officials from the country's National Directorate for Security said.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said an "individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against" an ISAF service member, "killing the service member." Afghan officials confirmed that the man was an Afghan soldier.

Afghan officials and NATO said the incident is under investigation.

The shooting took place a day after NATO apologized for an airstrike that killed nine civilians in southern Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. John Toolan, head of the ISAF command in southwest Afghanistan, apologized "on behalf of the coalition" and its top leaders, including U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus. He also pleaded with Afghans to work with coalition forces in hopes of bolstering security.

Earlier, Afghan and NATO officials said the attack -- an airstrike Saturday in Helmand province -- killed a dozen children and two women. There was no immediate explanation for the disparity between this figure and the toll of nine civilians killed offered Sunday by Toolan, who also noted that a U.S. Marine was killed immediately before the strike.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the airstrike and said he was warning the U.S military and government "for the last time" on behalf of the Afghan people about civilian deaths. He called the operation a mistake

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