Killer of six Amer­i­can ser­vice­men: Afghan gun­man had no crim­i­nal back­ground

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

KABUL: The Afghan border po­lice­man who killed six Amer­i­can ser­vice mem­bers dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion had been on the force for three years and had no crim­i­nal back­ground, the In­te­rior Min­istry said Tues­day.

The gun­man, who was killed in Mon­day's shootout, opened fire as the group was on its way to shoot­ing prac­tice in Nan­garhar prov­ince near the Pak­istan border, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Bis­mul­lah Mo­ham­madi told re­porters.

He also has a brother on the force, the min­is­ter said.

The Tal­iban has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, say­ing the of­fi­cer had en­listed as a sleeper agent in or­der to have an op­por­tu­nity to kill for­eign­ers.

The blood­shed - which ap­peared to be the dead­li­est at­tack of its kind in at least two years - un­der­scored one of the risks in a U.S.-led pro­gram to train enough re­cruits to turn over the lead for se­cu­rity to Afghan forces by 2014.

Attacks on NATO troops by Afghan po­lice­men or sol­diers, al­though still rare, have in­creased as the coali­tion has ac­cel­er­ated the pro­gram.

Other prob­lems with the rapidly grow­ing se­cu­rity forces in­clude drug use, wide­spread il­lit­er­acy and high rates of at­tri­tion.

Also Tues­day, the In­te­rior Min­istry said Afghan gun­men at­tacked a con­struc­tion com­pany in Kabul prov­ince, wound­ing one se­cu­rity guard and kid­nap­ping nine oth­ers in the moun­tain­ous Sarobi district, about 27 miles (45 kilo­me­ters) east of the cap­i­tal, Kabul. Nine other guards es­caped the at­tack, which hap­pened Mon­day, said Ze­meri Bashary, an In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman. The gun­men also seized sev­eral ri­fles.

In other vi­o­lence, an in­sur­gent at­tack in east­ern Afghanistan killed a NATO ser­vice mem­ber on Tues­day, the mil­i­tary coali­tion said. The vic­tim was not im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied.

A look at attacks in which Afghanistan se­cu­rity forces turned on their NATO coun­ter­parts: "Nov. 29: An Afghan border po­lice of­fi­cer opened fire on NATO troops dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion in Nan­garhar prov­ince, killing six NATO ser­vice mem­bers be­fore he was shot dead.

"July 20: Afghan army sergeant got into an ar­gu­ment at a shoot­ing range in north­ern Afghanistan's Balkh prov­ince and shot dead two Amer­i­can civil­ian train­ers be­fore be­ing killed. An­other Afghan sol­dier was killed in the cross­fire.

"July 13: Afghan sol­dier sta­tioned in the south killed three Bri­tish troop­ers, in­clud­ing the com­pany com­man­der, with gun­fire and a rocket-pro­pelled grenade in the mid­dle of the night in Hel­mand prov­ince.

"Nov. 2, 2009: Afghan po­lice­man killed five Bri­tish sol­diers at a check­point in Hel­mand prov­ince.

" Oct. 2, 2009: Afghan po­lice­man on pa­trol with U.S. sol­diers fired on the Amer­i­cans, killing two, in War­dak prov­ince.

"Oct. 16, 2008, a po­lice­man hurled a grenade and opened fire on a U.S. foot pa­trol, killing one sol­dier in Pak­tika prov­ince.

"Sept. 29, 2008, an of­fi­cer opened fire at a Pak­tia po­lice sta­tion, killing a U.S. sol­dier and wound­ing three be­fore he was fa­tally shot. A NATO of­fi­cial called it "the first in­ci­dent of its kind."

The Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Afghanistan, com­monly known as Afghanistan is a land­locked and moun­tain­ous coun­try in south-cen­tral Asia. It is bor­dered by Pak­istan in the south and east,[note] Iran in the west, Turk­menistan, Uzbek­istan and Ta­jik­istan in the north, and China in the far north­east.

The territories now com­pris­ing Afghanistan have been an an­cient fo­cal point of the Silk Road and hu­man mi­gra­tion. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have found ev­i­dence of hu­man habi­ta­tion from as far back as 50,000 BCE.

Ur­ban civ­i­liza­tion may have be­gun in the area as early as 3000 to 2000 BC. -Ap

CAIRO: Pro­test­ers chant "Fraud" as they take part in a small demon­stra­tion of about 100 op­po­si­tion ac­tivists in down­town Cairo, Egypt. -Ap

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