KABUL (Reuters) - Two Americans believed to be a U.S. colonel and major were shot dead in Afghanistan's interior ministry on Saturday, security sources said, while rage gripped the country for a fifth day over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base.
A spokeswoman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed two of their servicemen had been shot dead in central Kabul by an individual who turned his weapon on them. She declined to say if the killer was a member of the Afghan military or police.
Afghanistan's Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the shootings, which it said were in retaliation for the desecration of the Korans at Bagram airfield.
They should have their security escort with them all the time and none of this would have happened. They possibly didn't or couldn't pull their M9 out of their cheap holster fast enough to defend themselves. When I was in Iraq with the Army, I used to carry my 9mil in my pocket, gangster style. Army folks hated my gut because I didn't wear their or my uniform properly. They couldn't do anything to me because I belonged to the Navy. When sh.. hits the fan, let's see who can retrieve his or her M9 the fastest. We were in a war zone.