August 26th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

Investigators probe deadly shootout

Investigators were traveling to western Afghanistan on Thursday to probe a shootout that killed two Spanish soldiers, an interpreter and a police officer.

The international team left Kabul to perform "an initial assessment" of the shooting.

In the Wednesday incideent, shots were fired by an Afghan National Police officer during a mentoring session, killing the soldiers and the interpreter. The police officer was killed when an ISAF member returned fire.

The assessment team is made up of officials from the Afghan Interior and Defense Ministries and NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

It "will review evidence, gather facts and talk with people who can provide details of what happened," ISAF said in a news release.

ISAF said that "at this point, the cause of the shooting is unclear."

"These incidents are still very isolated. The coalition forces are training thousands of Afghan Army and Police Forces every day," said Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, ISAF spokesperson. "Training the Afghan National Security Forces remains as the foundation of a successful Afghan-led transition strategy."

The shootout occurred at the Qala-i-Naw base in Badghis province, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry.

The Spaniards are training the Afghan police in a course that is intended to improve professional skills, according to ISAF's website.

Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told reporters Wednesday that despite the tragedy, Spain will continue training Afghan forces.

CNN's Joe Sterling contributed to this report

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  1. Daniel-2

    Don't encourage him he is irritating enough when he replies in english.

    August 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      L'imposteur s'est revenue pour me voler le nom cette fois.Je pari que cet imbecile ne peut pas lire ce que j'ecris ci.Je me demand si Dan in LaFayette,IN peut lire aussi en francais qu'allemand.

      August 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I admit it, i wrote that and admit that i Daniel-2 am an imbecile.

      August 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Evidently you are since you don't understand French.Thank you for admitting it,Phunnie boy.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I bet you can't read German either,can you Phunnie boy?But you do know how to get a laugh out of this obnoxious war.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Daniel-2 Why are you arguing with yourself?

      August 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Ich bin solches a sheiss kopf.

      August 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joseph McCarthy

    Come on Tom,let's cut the Tea Party lingo,please.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I like Spanish better,but non-Tea Party English will do.

      August 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew Lubin

    What's to investigate? Clearly the Taliban bribed the ANP who shot the 2 fine Spanish officers. Until the corruption and greed Karzai is halted, the Taliban will continue to make inroads in a nervous local populace //

    August 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carole Clarke

      There may have been payment in the form of a reward for shooting down the people he was working with but probably also an appeal to religion, machismo, etc. They sign up for the pay but their final loyalty is not to the Western forces. If these were training sessions instead of an actual patrol, it might be a good idea to lay the weapons aside so they can concentrate on the training. This kind of incident also happened on the American frontier between the native tribes and the settlers and cavalry. You can't read their mind, you just have to be very aware.

      August 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.Gomez

      Absolutly agree with you!!!!!!!!!!
      Start for fight againtS YOUR DICTATORS!!!!!!

      August 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    !!! Cuatro desgraciados de menos!!! !Que lastima! Espana debe sacar todas sus tropas de alli y ahora como los demas paises.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.Gomez

      Larry,absolutamente de acuerdo contigo!!!Bush nos metio indirectamente.En cuanto al comentario de Dan,dice que esta de acuerdo contigo pero "por qué escribes en espanol?
      Larry absolutely agree with you!!Bush /Obama "ask" our president to come Afganistan(sice we leave Irak) Dan says he is agree butask why you write in spanish.

      August 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      The impostor is back and we now know he speaks German. That was not me Larry.

      August 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        I don't care which language one uses here as long as it's not the Tea Party lingo.

        August 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |