Abdul Saboor Salangi, 25, a junior Afghan intelligence officer with ties to a Pakistani religious school, was accused of shooting two US officials in the back of the head in the Interior Ministry Building in Kabul yesterday.
There were no known witnesses to the murders. The Taliban took credit for the attack.
Two U.S. soldiers were gunned down last week at a base in eastern Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform. The man who shot two military officers Saturday at the interior ministry was a junior intelligence officer with ties to a Pakistani religious school, an Afghan counter-terrorism official said.
The gunman was identified as Abdul Saboor, an employee in the ministry’s intelligence department, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. “We believe it was 100% linked to the Quran burning because of the religious background of this junior officer.
He spent two months in a Pakistani madrassa,” the official said. The interior ministry confirmed that the gunman in Saturday’s shooting is believed to be one of its employees, whose “whereabouts are unknown.” Police “are making every effort to find him as soon as possible,” the ministry said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting Saturday.
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Abdul Saboor Salangi had been an ordinary policeman with a history of absenteeism who dropped out of the force and spent some time in Pakistan before returning to another police job with the ministry, said a security source who asked not to be named.
Police raided his home in a small village in the southern part of Salang district, where he lived with his mother, wife and two children. “When the police first sent a delegation into his house for the investigation, they didn’t tell her why, so she thought her son had died and couldn’t stop crying,” said the Salang district governor, Abdulshakur Qudosi.
The two officers, reported to be a colonel and a major, were found dead in a room inside the interior ministry that was used only by foreigners and secured with combination locks. They had been shot in the back of the head.