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Prayer leader kills young Afghan-American in Kabul

Prayer leader kills young Afghan-American in Kabul

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Dec 21, 2015 - 20:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A prayer leader of a mosqueinfo-icon has shot dead a female worker of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Kabul using his pistol, police said on Monday.

Syed Ahmad, the prayer leader, opened fire at the 24-year-old employee of JICA in Karta-i-Char locality of Kabul as she left her office for her apartment, the 119 police helpline head, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Homayoon, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The prayer leader was shot injured and arrested by police and taken to the Kabul Emergency Hospital, but his condition is stated to be critical. Syed Ahmad, hailing from central Parwan province, has links with militants, the official said.

Foreign media reported that the slain woman was an American army veteran who was shot dead in a residential area of Kabul on Sunday night.

She was identified as Lisa Akbari, a dual Afghan-American citizen, who had an Afghan father and was a graduate student at the University of Wyoming.

She first worked in Afghanistaninfo-icon in 2009 with the US army as a human terrain team analyst, engaging with local womeninfo-icon on patrols in some of Afghanistan’s most dangerous areas to help the US military better understand communities and earn their trust.

She later worked with Worldinfo-icon Vision and with other NGOs, including with women’s shelters.

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