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An Afghan man points to the direction of the US Embassy from a partially finished building with bullet holes in Kabul. Kyodo/AP

One American killed, and another injured, in Kabul embassy attack

An annex of the US Embassy in Kabul, used by the CIA, is attacked by an Afghan employee with no apparent motive.

ONE AMERICAN CITIZEN was killed, and another wounded, in a night-time attack on a CIA office in Kabul which officials said was perpetrated by an Afghan employee, officials said today.

The assault last night was the third high-profile attack in the past two weeks in the Afghan capital.

“There was a shooting incident at an annex of the US embassy in Kabul last night involving an Afghan employee, who was killed,” the US Embassy said in a statement.

“The motivation for the attack is still under investigation. One US citizen was killed in the attack and another wounded.”

Embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall declined to comment on what the annex was used for, citing security reasons. Former US intelligence officials have said on condition of anonymity that the building where the attack took place is a CIA office.

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

The embassy did not provide information on the US citizen who was killed in the attack, and said the American who was wounded was taken to a military hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

It said the embassy has “resumed business operations”.

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