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Afghan Employee Kills U.S. Citizen at Embassy Annex

Shooting took place at Kabul hotel believed to house CIA office

Video: Fatal shooting at U.S. Embassy in Kabul

The Associated Press, Reuters, and NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski via MSNBC.com
September 26, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan employee of the U.S. government opened fire inside a CIA office in Kabul on Sunday evening, killing an American and injuring a second, U.S. and Afghan officials said, in the second major breach of embassy security in two weeks.

The killing adds to a sense of insecurity already heightened by a 20 hour-siege of the embassy district in mid-September, and the assassination a week later of the government’s peace envoy, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

The CIA compound is one of the most heavily guarded in Kabul, and has been off-limits for almost a decade, since shortly after the Taliban’s fall from power in 2001.

It also lies at the heart of the capital’s heavily-guarded military, political and diplomatic district, a virtual “green zone” that is almost impossible for ordinary Afghans to enter. …

The “lone attacker” was killed, and the injured U.S. citizen was taken to a military hospital, U.S. embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall said on Monday. …

The shooting follows a string of attacks by Afghan security forces against their NATO-led mentors carried out either by “rogue” soldiers and police or by insurgents who have infiltrated security forces. …

NATO bases and embassies have ramped up security following a number of attacks over the past year by Afghan security forces against their counterparts. Since March 2009, the coalition has recorded at least 20 incidents where a member of the Afghan security forces or someone wearing a uniform used by them killed coalition forces. Thirty-six coalition troops have died. …

In December 2009, an al-Qaida double agent blew himself up at a CIA base in eastern Khost province, killing seven CIA employees. The attacker, a Jordanian man named Humam al-Balawi, had been brought into the base because he had claimed to be able to reach high-level al-Qaida leaders. …

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Related reports on this site

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Over Koran Burning (Feb. 24, 2012)

Former Afghan President Assassinated (Sept. 20, 2011)

Daylong Taliban Siege of U.S. Embassy in Kabul (Sept. 13, 2011)

Afghan President’s Brother Assassinated (July 13, 2011)

Afghan Guard Turns Gun on Americans (July 9, 2011)

Rogue Afghan Shoots U.S. Trainers (April 27, 2011)

Afghan Policeman Kills U.S. Troops (Dec. 1, 2010)

CIA Zawahiri Team Decimated (Jan. 4, 2010)

Afghan Soldier Kills U.S. Troop (Dec. 29, 2009)

NATO Headquarters in Afghanistan Attacked (Aug. 15, 2009)

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Two Years Ago — September 26, 2009

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Three Years Ago — September 26, 2008

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