Embassy says Afghan employee who killed American wasn't authorized to carry weapon

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Afghanistan says the Afghan employee of the U.S. government who shot and killed an American over the weekend at a CIA office in Kabul was not authorized to carry a weapon. It's not clear just how he was able to get a gun into the secured compound.

Another American was wounded before the assailant was killed. It's the most recent in a growing number of attacks this year by Afghans working with the country's international allies.

The embassy says the person wounded in the shooting was taken to a military hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The gunfire was heard yesterday evening around the former Ariana Hotel. It's a building that ex-U.S. intelligence officials have said is the CIA station in Kabul.

The attack came less than two weeks after militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in Kabul, killing seven Afghans.

U.S. officials have since accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of supporting insurgents in planning and carrying out the attack.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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