Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Afghan official: General's killer hid in bathroom

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded 15 other people hid in a bathroom with a NATO assault rifle then opened fire when a group of officers from international forces passed by, an Afghan military official said Wednesday.

As U.S. and Afghan officials investigated the attack Tuesday that killed Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be slain in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War, authorities reported two other so-called "insider" attacks the same day.

In the deadliest of the attacks, an Afghan police officer killed seven colleagues at a checkpoint, then stole their weapons and fled in a police car late Tuesday, an official said.

In Paktia province, an Afghan police guard exchanged fire with NATO troops near the governor's office, provincial police said. The guard was killed in the gunfight.

There has been no claim of responsibility in Tuesday's shooting that killed Greene and wounded at least 15 others, including a German general and two Afghan generals at Marshal Fahim National Defense University, west of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The soldier who opened fire and was killed in a shootout was named Rafiqullah, was in his early 20s and joined the Afghan army more than two years ago, an Afghan military official said on condition of anonymity, the Associated Press reported. A second military official corroborated his report. The gunman's motives were not known.

On Tuesday, Rafiqullah and others had just returned from a patrol around Camp Qargha, where the military school is located, the official said. Others on patrol with him turned in their NATO-issued assault rifles, but Rafiqullah kept his and hid in a bathroom. Rafiqullah opened fire when the generals walked into view, the official said.

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