Afghanistan Insider Attack- One American Service Member Killed, One Wounded
Another “insider attack” in Afghanistan occurred on Monday, killing one service member, Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, and wounding another. The wounded member is in stable condition. The incident occurred one day after Army General Scott Miller assumed command of US troops. Bolyard was the 6th US service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year.
Sgt Maj Bolyard was a six-time Bronze Star recipient who was reported to be on his 13th deployment. He was with the 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment. The attack occurred at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province. Three of the Bronze stars were for valor, and was the senior enlisted adviser with the team.
He was reportedly killed by an Afghan Policeman.
The incident occurred just after a security meeting between Afghan officials and American advisers.
Gunfire erupted from a police Humvee, hitting American servicemembers in the back, said Gen. Abdul Raziq, commander of the Fourth Brigade of the Afghan army’s 203rd Corps.
The shots were heard as the meeting had just ended and lunch had begun, Raziq said. After rushing outside, Raziq saw an American adviser laying on the ground, he said.
All four policemen in the Humvee were arrested, the general said.
“Unfortunately it was a very bad incident,” Raziq said.
Since the beginning of 2018, the lethality of insider attacks, dubbed green on blue attacks, had grown. The Us pressured Afghanistan to properly vet their members, which resulted in 400 of them being removed. But the problem appears to persist.
Sgt Maj Bolyard is the second American to fall victim to an insider attack this year. The first was Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel who was killed in Uruzgan province.
The Army is investigating this latest attack. Last year there were reportedly six insider attacks, some of which killed not only our troops but Afghans as well.