The soldier acted as a human shield when the colonel came under fire from a rogue Afghan soldier with an assault rifle, reports the DailyMail. He returned fire with a rifle and pistol but was shot multiple times. Two bullets hit one of his legs, one bullet tore into his shoulder, and three were stopped by his bulletproof vest.
It's believed he saved the life of the senior officer as apparently the colonel was not wearing body armor.
The attack was reportedly perpetrated by Mohammad Rafiqullah who hid in a bathroom at the Marshal Fahim National Defence University with a M16 assult rifle as a group of senior Nato and Afghan officers received a briefing outside. Rafiqullah is said to have opened fire around ten minutes into the delegation’s third briefing. He emptied one magazine and changed to a second during the three-minute attack. A witness said he fired indiscriminately at the group.
According to reports, it wasn't clear where the firing was coming from at first; however a Nato solider spotted the gunman and killed him with two shots. U.S. Major General Harold Greene was killed in the shooting. He is the most senior ranking U.S. soldier to die in combat since the Vietnam War.
Around 15 soldiers were injured in the incident but none have been identified yet as the Ministry of Defense is still investigating.
[Fallen U.S. Army major general Harold Greene]