US General's Killer Hid in Bathroom Before Attack
Maj. Gen. Harold Greene got shot in the back, reports NBC
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2014 12:29 PM CDT
A 2011 photo provided by the Army of Gen. Harold Greene.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army, David Kamm)

(Newser) – When an Afghan soldier identified as Mohammad Rafiqullah returned from patrol yesterday, he didn’t turn in his NATO-issued machine gun like his fellow soldiers. Instead, Rafiqullah hid in a bathroom with it at Camp Qargha, then opened fire from a window when generals came into view, an Afghan official tells the AP. He killed US Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene and wounded about 15 others. NBC News reports that Greene, 55, the highest-ranking US officer killed in hostilities since the Vietnam War, got shot four times in the back.

The 27-year-old Rafiqullah joined the Afghan security forces two years ago but "had never shown any suspicious intentions before," says the network's Afghan source. The AP adds that he came from Paktia province, a district connected to the Taliban and a haven for its allied insurgents. Yesterday’s shooting was one of three so-called "insider attacks," which the Taliban claim proves its powers of infiltration. In Paktia, an Afghan police guard was shot during a firefight with NATO troops. And in Tirin Kot, an Afghan policeman apparently drugged then killed seven fellow officers.

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Aug 7, 2014 6:57 AM CDT
Hard to imagine even having to turn in your weapon in a war zone. In event of an attack, filling out the proper paperwork to check it out would be time consuming. Goes to show religion trumps government. Of course, easy enough for the Tally to get a note to him saying his family will all be beheaded if he didn't kill infidels.
Aug 6, 2014 7:39 PM CDT
The old hide in the bathroom trick, bet he didn't see that coming.
Aug 6, 2014 5:39 PM CDT
Hiding in the bathroom? Definitely a loo cannon.