Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ministry official 'behind Kabul attack'

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A gunman who shot two American officers inside the highly secured Afghan Ministry of Interior was identified Sunday as a junior intelligence officer with ties to a Pakistani religious school, an Afghan counter-terrorism official said.

Afghan authorities believe the shootings are tied to outrage over reports that NATO troops recently burned Qurans at a U.S. base, which sparked violent, deadly protests, shootings of four U.S. soldiers and an attack on a United Nations building.

The gunman, who remained at large, was identified as Abdul Saboor, an employee in the ministry's intelligence department, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

"We believe it was 100% linked to the Quran burning because of the religious background of this junior officer. He spent two months in a Pakistani madrassa," the official said. Read More