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Insider attack kills U.S. troop member

KABUL (AP) -- In the latest likely case of an insider attack, an American service member was killed and several others injured Monday when individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on them in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, confirmed the death and said that the three Afghan shooters fled and are being sought. Although they were wearing police uniforms, it was not yet clear if they were actually Afghan police or were just wearing the clothing.

Other U.S. officials said that as many as eight U.S. troops were injured in the shooting, mostly with fairly minor wounds.

Neither Graybeal nor other officials would say which branch of the service the U.S. troops were from or provide details on the location of the shooting.

The number of insider attacks in Afghanistan has escalated, with more than a dozen fatal assaults already this year, that have led to more than 20 deaths.


Army commander killed in bombing

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A suicide bomber assassinated Yemen's army commander leading the fight against al-Qaida in the country's south, the Defense Ministry said, just days after the military made major gains in its campaign to expel militants from their southern strongholds.

Maj. Gen. Salem Ali al-Quton was traveling in a three-car convoy in the southern city of Aden when the bomber threw himself on the general's pickup truck and detonated his explosives. The commander was killed along with his driver and one of his bodyguards. Five passers-by, including two women, were seriously wounded, the ministry said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. The ministry identified the bomber as a Somali national. Aden and the surrounding area have a significant Somali population after tens of thousands of Somalis, fleeing the turmoil in their own country, settled there over the past decades.


Late prince's brother named heir to throne

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia kept power within the surviving, aging sons of the kingdom's founding patriarch Monday by naming Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz as the new heir to the throne in a country both battling and embracing the upheavals across the Middle East.

The choice was expected, but the speed of the royal decree was not -- just a day after the burial of the late crown prince, Prince Nayef, who died last week in Geneva and had been in the No. 2 position only since November. Prince Salman, 76, is now the third successor for the 88-year-old King Abdullah in the past year.

It reflects the issues of health and age that will one day turn control of OPEC's top oil exporter over to a younger generation.

In Washington, President Obama issued a statement praising Salman as "a man of deep faith who is committed to improving the lives of the people of Saudi Arabia and to the security of the region."