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Accounts are sketchy but NBC news did a 3-D computer generated re-enactment of the attack that shows how the Afghan gunman shot the three Marines "in the back" - killing three instantly and seriously wounding a third (see article: Three US Marines shot dead on military base in Afghanistan http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/11/13229446-three-us-marines-shot-dead-on-military-base-in-afghanistan?lite ).
Reuters confirmed that the Marines killed in the latest attack were shot dead by a base employee who turned his gun on them when they were not looking.
"Let me clearly say that those two incidents clearly do not reflect the overall situation here in Afghanistan," the chief NATO force spokesman, Brigadier-General Gunter Katz, told reporters on Saturday (see article: Three more U.S. soldiers killed by Afghan in grim day for NATO http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/11/us-afghanistan-shootings-idUSBRE87A02R20120811 ).
The incident raises serious questions about security at the military base where the men were murdered.
Foreign military sources said the man had not been wearing a uniform at the time and it was unclear how he got hold of the weapon...
News media say the gunmen was a base employee who "worked at the base for months." They now suspect the shooter was actually a Taliban infiltrator and spy.
This is just the latest in a string of deadly ambush type attacks against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
We called the Pentagon who refused to comment on this story, saying the names of Marines killed have not been released pending notification of family members and relatives.