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    Taliban claimed it had infiltrated the Afghan army. US Troops Killer Insane: Kabul IslamOnline.net & News Agencies
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      Taliban claimed it had infiltrated the Afghan army.


      US Troops Killer Insane: Kabul
      IslamOnline.net & News Agencies
      http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1178193388654&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout


      KABUL — The West-backed government of Hamid Karzai argued Monday, May
      7, that the National Army soldier who gunned down two American
      servicemen a day earlier was mentally ill, denying Taliban claims of
      infiltrating the army.

      "Our initial investigations show that the ANA soldier who opened fire
      and killed two US nationals and wounded another two was hospitalized
      twice at the military hospital for mental illness," Defense Ministry
      spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi Azimi told Agence France Presse (AFP).

      "After he was discharged from the hospital, it was believed he was
      cured completely and was considered healthy."

      Azimi said the ANA soldier had been in the army for a year and a half,
      claiming he had been behaving nervously around his fellow soldiers
      shortly before the shooting.

      The attacker, among a group of soldiers guarding the Pul-i-Charki
      jail, was shot dead by his colleagues after shooting the US troops as
      they were driving away from the high-profile prison.

      The US-led forces said late Sunday a "rogue" soldier attacked its
      military trainers working with Afghans at Pul-i-Charkhi prison, some
      20 miles east of Kabul.

      The jail is being upgraded by US forces to house suspected Taliban
      prisoners being returned from US custody in Afghanistan and Guantanamo.

      At least 388 American servicemen have been killed since the US invaded
      Afghanistan in 2001 and toppled the ruling Taliban.

      Infiltration

      Taliban had claimed responsibility for the shooting.

      "It was our mujahid and we plan more attacks," Taliban commander
      Mullah Hayatallah Khan told Reuters by satellite phone from an
      undisclosed location.

      He claimed the attacker was a Taliban fighter who had infiltrated the
      Afghan army.

      "A large number of our Taliban mujahid have infiltrated the US-puppet
      Afghan government to find good targets."

      The Kabul government refuted the Taliban claim.

      "They are lying. This is not true," said Azimi.

      This is not the first time Taliban claims responsibility of an attack
      on a top-security site.

      Late February, it claimed a daring attack on the American military
      base in Bagram while US Vice President Dick Cheney was on a visit.

      Pul-i-Charki is a huge prison complex built in the 1970s on the
      outskirts of the capital.

      It has been notorious for tales of torture and appalling conditions
      since the communist era when scores of military rivals, scholars and
      other political prisoners were thrown in and executed on daily basis.

      The infamous jail is now mainly housing Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters
      captured by US troops since the 2001 invasion.

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