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Afghan opens fire at CIA compound in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan man employed by the U.S. government opened fire in the CIA compound in Kabul, killing an agency contractor and wounding another, officials said Monday.

The shooting late Sunday was the latest jarring incident in a capital increasingly besieged by war as the U.S. military starts to withdraw troops.

American officials said Monday that the motive of the assailant remains under investigation and offered no suggestion that the shooting was connected to a string of recent dramatic attacks in Kabul that have been blamed on insurgent groups.

The man who was killed was a CIA contractor who served in a support or maintenance role at the agency's massive station inside the embassy compound, U.S. officials said.

He "was one of many who provided essential support for the maintenance of the U.S. Embassy complex in Kabul," a U.S. official told the Washington Post. "He was a valued member of the team there and will be sorely missed."

The second shooting victim, being treated for injuries that were not described as life-threatening, is also a CIA contractor, although his role at the CIA station was not disclosed. U.S. officials declined to disclose the identities of the victims.

A U.S. official told the Post that the gunman was "believed to have worked as part of the local guard force," a position that gave him access to the compound as well as authority to carry a weapon.

The assailant opened fire on the Americans about 9 p.m. Sunday in the compound of the former Ariana Hotel, which the CIA took over in 2002, officials said. Kabul's CIA station is the agency's largest.

Pakistanis attacked U.S. officers in 2007

KABUL, Afghanistan — A group of U.S. military officers, ambushed in 2007 after meeting with Afghan officials in a Pakistani village schoolhouse, were attacked by Pakistanis, the New York Times reported.

A U.S. major was killed and three U.S. officers were wounded, along with their Afghan interpreter, in what fresh accounts from the Afghan and U.S. officers who were there reveal was a complex, calculated assault, the Times reported.

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Libya: Fighters battling Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists Monday entered the coastal city of Sirte from the east as residents fleeing the besieged city.

Syria: Security forces killed four soldiers Monday as they attempted to escape a military camp.

Iraq: Baghdad gunmen assassinated a senior finance ministry official and wounded a senior judge Monday.

Jerusalem: Samer Allawi , an Al-Jazeera journalist imprisoned by Israel, was released under a plea bargain Monday.

Afghan opens fire at CIA compound in Kabul 09/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:33am]
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