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ARCHDALE, N.C. -- A U.S. Army soldier from Archdale was seriously injured after he was shot 12 times during an attack in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Army officials said a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire outside a NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, injuring five soldiers.

Pfc. Jeremy Young, 22, of Archdale, was wounded in the attack and is currently in intensive care at a hospital in Germany  his mother Sherry Akins confirmed.

Akins said the Trinity High School graduate will undergo an operation today and will be flown to San Antonio for additional treatment. Akins stated doctors had to put vacuum bags in Young's body to clean up the infection.

"It infuriates me that this could even happen," Akins said.

He is expected to arrive in Texas on Friday.

The U.S.-led coalition maintains a large base where the shooting occurred, but NATO did not say where in the district the attack took place or what happened to the assailant.

A witness said Afghan civilians were talking to the soldiers outside their base when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun.

"The Americans were standing on the other side of us while we were standing with a translator. Suddenly the Afghan soldier aimed his machine gun on them and started shooting," said Eman, who gave only one name.

He added that the wounded soldiers were evacuated by helicopter while the others "took us aside in fear of a possible gun battle." Eman said the Afghan who opened fire escaped toward some trees and into a nearby village.

Wardak, near Kabul, is considered a Taliban hotbed and has been the scene of heavy fighting during the past year.

Tuesday's shooting was the latest likely case of what are being called green-on-blue attacks -- in which Afghan soldiers or insurgents disguised in their uniforms turn their weapons on coalition troops.

So far this year, 26 coalition troops have been killed in 18 such attacks. That compares with 11 fatal attacks and 20 deaths the previous year.

Some information from The Associated Press was used in this report.