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US probing Kabul embassy attack

US probing Kabul embassy attack

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Sep 27, 2011 - 10:06

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The United States is investigating the attack on its embassy in Kabulinfo-icon that killed one of its citizens and injured a second, a State Department official said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama was briefed about the incident by his national security team.

There was a shooting incident that occurred at an annex of the US embassy in Kabul, State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said, explaining the embassy had resumed its normal operation though security has been enhanced.

“The matter is under investigation, but it is too early to say who were behind this attack and I think we don’t have any clear idea of who was responsible,” Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.

Meanwhile, a key US lawmaker has introduced legislation in House of Representatives, seeking suspension of all US aid to Pakistaninfo-icon in view of the alleged involvement of its spy agency in the Kabul embassy attack by the Haqqani networkinfo-icon.

“Since the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan has proven to be disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States,” Congressman Ted Poe, said in a statement after tabling the resolution in the House on Friday.

“This so-called ally continues to take billions in US aid, while at the same time supports the militants who attack us. The United States must immediately freeze all aid to Pakistan,” said Poe who is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

A similar demand was also made by Lisa Curtis, of the Heritage Foundation, an eminent Washington-based think tank. “If Pakistani leaders maintain their defiance in light of the new information on the cell phone links of the attackers to Pakistani intelligence, the US should begin to take punitive steps toward Islamabad that could presage a breakdown in the US–Pakistan diplomatic relations,” she said.

Curtis demanded the Obama administration suspend all US aid, recall its ambassador from Islamabad, slap immediate sanctions against the  network, step up drone attacks, readjust the US force structure in Afghanistaninfo-icon, prioritise finding alternative routes to cope with a disruption or even cutoff in supply routes through Pakistan, reverse withdrawal plans from Afghanistan and consult with European allies on ways to move Pakistan away from the dangerous path it is pursuing.

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