[Ed. – But Obama admin. won’t call them terrorists.]
Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack.
It was unclear how the contractors were attacked. Suspicion fell immediately on a possible “insider attack” perpetrated by a member of the Afghan security forces, who also have access to the military base at the airport. An unidentified Afghan air force official told the Reuters news agency that the shooter was an Afghan soldier.
The Taliban on Friday claimed responsibility for the attack. In tweets, the militant group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said the shooter’s name was Ihsanullah and was from Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan. He had infiltrated the ranks of the Afghan security forces and was working at the airport, said Muhajid. The assailant, he added, “opened fire on invaders” before he was “martyred by return fire.”