KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan teenager fatally stabbed an American soldier in the neck as he played with children in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as the U.S. death toll rose sharply last month with an uptick in fighting due to warmer weather.
Just one U.S. service member was killed in February – a five-year monthly low – but the American death toll climbed to at least 14 last month.
Overall, the number of Americans and other foreign forces killed in Afghanistan has fallen as their role shifts more toward training and advising government troops instead of fighting.
The attack that killed Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky., last Wednesday occurred after the soldiers had secured an area for a meeting of U.S. and Afghan officials in a province near the volatile border with Pakistan.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said the attacker was thought to be about 16 years old. He escaped so his age couldn’t be verified.
Myanmar mosque fire kills 13 youths
YANGON, Myanmar – A fire engulfed a mosque housing Muslim schoolchildren in Myanmar’s largest city today, killing at least 13. Authorities quickly blamed the blaze on an accidental electrical short.
Mosque member Soe Myint said most of the children were sleeping on the ground floor when the blaze began and they were able to flee to safety.
But 16 of them were sleeping in a small loft on the first floor and were trapped when the ladder that led to the loft caught fire. Three boys jumped to safety, he said, and the rest died.