Afghan army says soldier opens fire on Americans

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Afghan army's commander in southern Afghanistan says one of his troops opened fire on American soldiers at Kandahar airfield but did not cause any casualties.
   
Gen. Abdul Hamid said the shooter was taken into custody after the Tuesday morning incident and is now being questioned.
   
The NATO-led coalition says it can confirm an attack in southern Afghanistan, but says the Afghan army is taking the lead in securing the scene and is referring any other questions to them.
   
It appeared to be the latest in a string of so-called "insider attacks" in which Afghan forces open fire on their comrades or international forces. The attacks threaten to shake the confidence of the two sides as the 2014 withdrawal of most of the international troops approaches.

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