Afghan guard shoots dead NATO soldier, civilian
Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 00:00
Kabul: An Afghan guard opened fire at a NATO-escorted reconstruction convoy after an argument on Saturday, killing a service member and a civilian working for the coalition before being killed by return fire, a provincial police chief said.

The convoy was travelling in the northern Panjshir province, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of the capital, Kabul, when it came under attack, according to provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh.

The Afghan guard, who goes by the name Amanullah, was standing outside his home when the convoy passed by, the police chief said.

The guard stopped the convoy, started arguing with the NATO troops and then opened fire, killing the service member and the civilian, Jangalbagh said. A third coalition service member was wounded in the shooting, the police chief added, and another NATO service member fired back, killing Amanullah.

Amanullah worked as a bodyguard for the second-ranking official in Afghanistan's intelligence service Gen. Assam Din Assam, the deputy director for National Directorate for Security, the police chief said.

Assam was not at the scene of the shooting in Panjshir. No one at the intelligence agency could be reached for comment.

Panjshir is one of Afghanistan's safest provinces and one among seven slated for transition from NATO to Afghan control this month. Most of Panjshir's population are Tajiks, while the Taliban are dominated by Pashtuns, who mostly live in southern and eastern Afghanistan.


First Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 00:00

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