Afghan policeman suspect in killing of US officers

By REUTERS
February 26, 2012 13:01




Afghan authorities said on Sunday they believe an Afghan police intelligence officer may have been involved in the shooting deaths of two US officers inside the interior ministry a day earlier, prompting NATO to recall all its staff from ministries.

Abdul Saboor, 25, is the main suspect in the killing, which took place at close range well inside the heavily fortified ministry in the center of the capital, Kabul, senior security sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"Abdul Saboor is at large right now. He is the main suspect for us but we can not draw any conclusions over whether or not he is the killer," one of the sources said, adding that CCTV footage shows that Saboor had access to the Command and Control Center where the slain Americans were found.

The killing of the American officers took place as rage gripped the country for a fifth straight day over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base, despite an apology from US President Barack Obama.


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