abul - Afghan and NATO forces Thursday killed a rogue Afghan policeman who had shot dead two US soldiers in the northern province of Faryab earlier this week, the alliance said.
Acting on intelligence reports regarding the whereabouts of the assassin, the combined forces conducted an operation in the provincial capital Maimanah, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
'The successful operation resulted in the death of the individual responsible for the shooting,' the statement said, adding that two other suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.
The assailant, who was identified only as Sarwar by Afghan security sources, on Monday turned his weapon on the US soldiers at an outpost while he was chatting with them.
He fled the area after the shooting and a manhunt was launched to track him down.
On Wednesday, two other ISAF soldiers were killed in a friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, the military said. ISAF did not reveal the nationalities of the deceased, but said it has assigned an assessment team to look into the incident.
There have been several incidents in which Afghan soldiers forces turned their weapons on their foreign mentors, but the motives for such shootings not been made public.
Anti-Western sentiment is an all-time-high in Afghanistan following the burning of Koran by a US church last month. Afghans staged violent demonstrations across the country that left at least two dozen people including rioters and seven United Nations workers dead.
Hundreds protested peacefully near the Kabul city centre on Thursday, calling on the US government to bring Terry Jones, the pastor who oversaw the Koran burning, to justice, witnesses said.
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