Monday, April 4, 2011

Afghan Policeman Kills NATO Soldiers

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A "rogue" Afghan border policeman shot dead two foreign soldiers on a training mission in northern province Faryab on Monday, and hundreds took to the streets for a fourth day of protests against the burning of a Koran by a fundamentalist U.S. pastor.

The shooting was the latest in a string of attacks by Afghan security forces against their NATO mentors, but senior border police said the 23 year-old might have been driven by anger over the desecration of Islam's holy book rather than support for militants' fight against foreign troops.

"It is not clear whether he was inspired by the Taliban, or by the burning of the holy Koran," General Habibullah Sayedkhil, commander of the border police in the north, told Reuters.

The man, who fled after the shooting, had over two years experience in the force and was a disciplined policeman who had not shown signs of extremism, said Najmuddin Sardar, deputy commander of the border police where he served.

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