Rogue Afghan Contractor Killed 2 US Soldiers
He is accused of opening fire as they were cleaning their guns
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2011 4:46 AM CDT
The transfer cases containing the remains of Army Cpl. Donald R. Mickler Jr. of Bucyrus, Ohio, and Army Cpl. Rudy A Acosta of Canyon Country, Calif. sit at Dover Air Force Base, Del., March 20, 2011.    (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – Afghan contractor Shir Ahmad was hired to provide security at an Afghanistan military base, but on Saturday—just 10 days after he was hired—he instead walked up to a group of soldiers and opened fire with an AK-47, killing two. Cpl. Donald Mickler Jr of Ohio, 29, and Pfc. Rudy Acosta of California, 19, were killed, and four others were wounded; three US soldiers responded and killed Ahmad, NBC News reports. Nine US soldiers have now been killed by rogue members of the Afghan security force in the past two months.