A man in uniform has reportedly opened fire fire at the British-run Qargha Training Base in the West of Kabul in Afghanistan, which is known as “Sandhurst In The Sand.”
The Ministry of Defence is currently investigating reports of the shooting, and early reports an Afghan solider was the shooter, apparently opening fire after an argument broke out between cadets.
One soldier was killed and 15 people, including a German brigadier general, were wounded in the shooting; the nationality of the dead soldier has not yet been released, but some local reports claim he is an American, possibly a general, who drew his weapon, possibly to tackle the shooter, but was shot himself in the fracas. Some local media reports claim the gunman was in fact wearing a stolen or fake uniform, but that is unsubstantiated.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “We are aware of reports of an incident at Qargha. The incident is under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
After British military operations in Afghanistan end later this year, the officer training academy in Qargha will be the only British military presence remaining in Afghanistan; the academy received its first cadets in October, and is somewhat modelled on Sandhurst, the UK’s officer-training school.