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American killed in attack on Kabul CIA office

September 26, 2011 12:24:06 AM PDT
A shooting at a CIA office in Kabul, Afghanistan, left an American dead and another wounded, officials said on Monday.

Authorities said the attack was carried out by an Afghan employee of the U.S. government who was killed in the incident. The assault was the third high-profile attack in the past two weeks in the Afghan capital.

Gunfire was first heard sometime after 8 p.m. local time around the former Ariana Hotel, a building that ex-U.S. intelligence officials said is the CIA station in Kabul.

No information has been given about the American killed. A wounded man was taken to a military hospital.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the attack. Embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall declined to comment on what the targeted annex was used for, citing security reasons.

The Afghan employee was not authorized to carry a weapon, according to Sundwall, and it was not clear how the man was able to get a gun into the secured compound.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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