A statement released by the military coalition in Afghanistan known as “Resolute Support” confirmed the death of a service member in an incident in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
Some 9,800 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan as part of a two-year training mission known as Resolute Support. One official said initial indications were that the shooter may have been a member of the Afghan Security Forces but that officials were still trying to determine the circumstances behind the incident. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul acknowledged that the incident had taken place after a senior U.S. official had held a meeting with the provincial governor.
“We are aware that there was an exchange of gunfire involving Resolute Support service members near the provincial governor's compound in Jalalabad,” according to the statement. “The incident took place after a senior U.S. official held a meeting with the provincial governor. All Chief of Mission personnel of the visiting party are accounted for.”
Separately, the U.S. embassy tweeted later that U.S. ambassador P. Michael McKinley was in Kabul and not present at this meeting. Hazrat Hussain Mashriqi Wall, the spokesperson for the Jalalabad police chief, told ABC News there had a meeting in Jalalabad between Afghan and U.S. officials.