Servicemember under investigation after killing man outside Afghanistan base

U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. Russ Pile, an engineer with NATO Training Mission's Regional Support Command Southwest, talks with U.S. Marine Corps Col. F. Scott Arnold in a guard tower of the Afghan National Civil Order Police barracks in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 1, 2012. Photo by Bill Putnam

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan are investigating  the death of  22-year-old man, who was shot and killed at Bagram Air Field on Monday.

The man was allegedly warned off repeatedly, by a US-led coalition service member, who was stationed in a guard tower. Some reports say the service member was American, but his nationality he not been confirmed by local Afghan officials.

The Bagram district governor said the Afghan man was unarmed and may not have understood the warnings.

The AP reported, however, that according to the police chief in Parwan province, the man was carrying what looked like an automatic rifle, as he approached the base, outside Kabul.

Earlier in the day, the Taliban fired at least two rockets at Afghanistan’s new parliament building. There were no casualties reported and the attack caused only minor damage.

It happened as top defense and intelligence officials were preparing to speak to the assembly about the country’s security situation, Stars and Stripes reported.

The Taliban is also being blamed for an attack at two checkpoints in Helmand province, in southern Afghanistan. Eight police officers were killed in the Taliban stronghold on Sunday night.

The group has threatened to increase attacks this year and the country is “bracing for the start of the spring fighting season.”

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