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One Killed, Four Hurt In Attack On Kabul CIA Station

September 27, 2011

For about 10 minutes, gunfire ripped across the former Ariana hotel near the US embassy and other sensitive locations. It’s believed the suspect targeted a CIA station housed in the same building where several security contractors maintained offices.

The attack was carried out by a lone gunman who worked as a security guard. His possible connection to either the Taliban or the Haqqani Network is unknown. Motives are unclear as well.

The gunman shot dead an American citizen—whether or not the sole victim was CIA cannot be verified—before being killed by on site security.

In a bizarre turn of events, an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle that happened to be ‘passing’ was fired on by CIA guards. This resulted in two ANA wounded while another alleged CIA employee was hurt together with a presidential guard.

The brief gunfight happened in a heavily fortified part of Kabul a stone’s throw from NATO bases. The site of the former Ariana hotel is near the US embassy and the presidential palace.

The attack comes mere weeks after another high profile assassination by the Taliban, who’ve been carrying out bold suicide attacks on NATO targets since mid-year.

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