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VIDEO: Details scarce after U.S. major general dead in Afghanistan shooting

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Pentagon and White House officials Tuesday addressed reports of a shooting in Kabul City, Afghanistan, that left one U.S. major general dead and several other soldiers wounded.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said Tuesday afternoon that early information suggests the shooter was an Afghan soldier.

"I can confirm that an individual believed to be an Afghan soldier fired today into a group of coalition troops at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul City, Afghanistan," Kirby said.

Kirby said there are as many as 15 casualties as a result of the shooting, including some Americans. The only reported death is that of the still-unnamed general, who the New York Times reports could be the highest ranking member of the US military killed overseas since Vietnam.

The White House offered little additional insight Tuesday into the deadly shooting or what could come next.

"This shooting is, of course, a painful reminder of the service and sacrifice that our men and women in uniform make every day for this country," White House press aecretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday afternoon.

Earnest addressed a series of security protocols put in place several years ago to help protect American soldiers from similar attacks in Afghanistan. He noted it was too early to draw any conclusions from Tuesday's violence about their effectiveness, but said the protocols would be evaluated in light of this most recent attack.

"Those security protocols are in place because a couple of years ago, there was a spate of incidents in which it was clear that there were American personnel who were facing a risk," Earnest said. "So those security protocols have been put in place, and we will of course review this incident to see if any changes to those protocols should be made as a result of this."

Despite Tuesday's high-profile violence, Earnest stressed the U.S. has seen a recent decline in the casualty rate of American soldiers in Afghanistan.

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