Afghan Employee Kills US Citizen in Kabul CIA Annex Attack

Officials Say Motive for Attack 'Under Investigation'

An Afghan employee at the US Embassy in Afghanistan attacked the CIA annex in the neighboring Ariana Hotel last night, killing an American citizen, and lightly wounded others.

Officials say they are still investigating the incident to try to figure out the motive of the attacker, who was killed by embassy troops. They also declined to say whether he was authorized to carry a weapon in the embassy.

Immediate speculation, of course, is that he was a Taliban “sleeper agent,” but officials insist all employees undergo thorough background checks. While this wouldn’t be the first time such checks failed, it is also possible he is simply a disgruntled employee with a grudge against somebody.

The attack comes just two weeks after the last attack on the embassy, which was claimed by the Afghan Taliban but which US officials now say was actually ordered by the Pakistani military.

Author: Jason Ditz

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