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Ministry attacker was outsider: Afghan Army

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 14:20

Kabul: The Afghan military says it has confirmed that the man who attacked the country`s Defense Ministry earlier this week was not a soldier, but an insurgent who managed to sneak past the ministry`s security.

The Taliban have claimed that the assailant who opened fire inside the ministry compound on Monday was an army officer working as a sleeper agent for the insurgency.

But Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said on Wednesday the attacker was an outside infiltrator. Azimi didn`t say how this was determined.

The Afghan government collects biometrics data on new recruits, but is just beginning to collect it for longer-serving soldiers.

Azimi also says an officer wounded in the attack has died in the hospital, raising the toll in the attack to three killed.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 14:20

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