A relatively new Afghan War phenomenon “green on blue” attacks claimed two more American lives. The “green on blue” violence involves U.S. trained Afghan Security Forces who turn their weapons onto NATO allies responsible for training the Afghan forces and killing western allies without warning.
This time the “green on blue” violence claimed the lives of two Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, one British worker as well as injuring another Border Patrol agent working with NATO-led forces to train the Afghanis.
“It is with great sadness that I learned this weekend of the fatal shooting of three contractors stationed at the Herat Training Center in Herat, Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of former U.S. Border Patrol Agent and retired ICE Agent Benjamin Monsivais, retired CBP Port Director Joseph Perez, and retired Her Majesty’s United Kingdom Revenue and Customs Officer David Chamberlain,” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.
Napolitano said all three individuals were supporting Afghan Border Police training efforts when they came under attack. “Their tragic deaths remind us of the dangers facing our men and women overseas, and the many sacrifices they make on our behalf every day,” she said.
DHS also released the name of the individual that was shot three times by an Afghani.
“We pray for the swift recovery and continued safety of former Border Patrol Agent Dana Hampton and language assistant Aimal Formully. We also applaud the tremendous bravery and heroism of the CBP Border Patrol Agent who responded to the attack and prevented the gunman from causing further harm and injury to others,” according to Napolitano’s statement.
Officials said Border Patrol Agent Hampton made it through surgery and is expected to survive.
Unconfirmed reports describe the situation as a surprise attack. “Hampton and the others were in a break area on some down time at a Border Police training site in Herat when an Afghani in police uniform walked in and started shooting… A PA named Eric Goff (YUM-Borstar) walked in when the shooting started and killed the shooter. Goff is being credited for saving the lives of 20 men.”
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