The decision by NATO to pull all of its foreign advisers out of Afghan ministries underscores how highly placed the assassin and his potential enablers were. Video reporting from ABC News indicated the officers had disarmed in the secure area, and were shot in the back of the head by the cowardly mujahid who then turned tail and fled.
The jihadists don’t seem to do as well when they have to fight like men. “Two American Officers Murdered As Afghan Unrest Continues,” by Dean Schnabner and Nick Schifrin for ABC News, February 25:
Two high-ranking U.S. officers were shot and killed by an assailant believed to be Afghan inside a high-security government building in Kabul on the fifth day of nationwide unrest sparked by the burning of Korans at a NATO military base.
The assailant entered the officers’ room at the Interior Ministry, which had a security code lock, and shot both in the head, according to a senior police official. The shooter escaped and is still on the loose, according to NATO and Afghan officials.
The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, though there is not yet any evidence connecting the group to the shooting.
Gen. John Allen, commander of the ISAF, responded to the attack by pulling all foreign advisers out of Afghan ministries. There are hundreds of advisers from 49 coalition countries assigned to various ministries.
“I condemn today’s attack at the Afghan Ministry of Interior that killed two of our coalition officers, and my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the brave individuals lost today,” Allen said. “We are investigating the crime and will pursue all leads to find the person responsible for this attack. The perpetrator of this attack is a coward whose actions will not go unanswered.”
According to the senior Afghan official, the shooter walked into a room at the Interior Ministry used by U.S. advisers and fired six to seven bullets.
The shooter’s access to one of the most secure parts in all of Kabul may mean that he either worked in the ministry or was given the information by someone in the ministry.
Afghan and U.S. officials are currently looking at security camera footage to try to identify the shooter. The nationality of the shooter has not yet been officially identified by police, but the ISAF directive recalling the foreign advisers indicated that he was Afghan….