A mentoring session for Afghan police spiraled out of control and ended in a shootout that killed two Spanish soldiers, an interpreter and a rogue police officer in western Afghanistan Wednesday, a statement from NATO-led forces said.
The Afghan police officer began firing a gun and the Spanish soldiers returned fire, according to NATO's International Assistance Security Force (ISAF). Officials were trying to determine why the Afghan officer opened fire.
The shootout occurred at the Qala-i-Naw base in Badghis province, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry. Several people protested afterward, ISAF said.