In retaliation to the United States’ burning of Korans in Bagram air base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan earlier this week, the Taliban has responded in taking responsibility for the latest killing of two American high-ranking advisors at Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry.
In the ministry, filled with many involved the Afghan law enforcement, a policeman shot two Americans in the head. Both men, whose names remained unidentified, were officers in the United States Military.
As reported by the NY Post:
The two American advisers — who held the rank of colonel and major — were shot in the head by an Afghan policeman who was upset about the burning of Korans earlier this week at a US military base.
NATO confirmed in a statement only that there were two fatalities in a shooting in Kabul on Saturday.
“Initial reports indicate an individual turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members in Kabul City today [Saturday], killing two servicemembers,” a NATO statement said.
The Taliban, however, in claiming responsibility for the attack, said that four advisers were killed.
In a statement on its website, the Taliban said “a hero mujahid Abdul Rahman” killed four advisers over the burning of Korans at a US-run military base.
The shooting took place in the heart of Kabul at the busy interior ministry compound, filled with hundreds of Afghan police officers, officials told The Wall Street Journal.
Some reports said the shooting was a result of a “verbal clash,” AFP reported.
The incident came after demonstrators tried to storm the United Nations compound in the northeastern city of Kunduz on Saturday.
At least four people were killed when the protesters — some armed with guns — converged on the UN offices, according to the provincial governor’s office.
What a sad day for these men. Our condolences go out to their families and we hope that this backlash is resolved.
SOURCE: NY Post