Afghanistan Sun (ANI) Tuesday 18th September, 2012
A former Afghan police trainee has revealed how he killed two GIs who were teaching him to be a cop. The unidentified 30-year-old man, whose face was covered, confessed to CNN in a Taliban-controlled Afghan village.
According to the New York Post, he showed the Afghan police uniform he wore on October 2, 2009, when he attacked the Americans, Sergeant Aaron Smith, 25, and Pfc. Brandon Owens, 21.
At the time of their deaths, the Pentagon said Smith and Owens died in Wardak province in central Afghanistan "of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit using small arms fire." According to the report, the gunman, a father of two, revealed how he was on patrol with the two men, who were training him in an effort to bolster the Afghan police and security forces.
The man said that when they reached the security of a school building, he made his move.
"They took off their body armor and put their weapons down," he said, adding: "At that moment, I thought it was the right time, so I took my gun and shot them." He said that he also wounded three other GIs, including a captain, and managed to flee.
The man said he betrayed the soldiers because he believed that other Americans were burning copies of the Koran and disrespecting it.
He said he was not enlisted by the Taliban to carry out the horrific attack, but after his escape, he was captured by Taliban fighters, because they assumed he was a loyal Afghan police officer.
After he revealed his crime to them, they brought him to a secure place, gave him a new set of clothes and eventually took him to Pakistan, where he "was welcomed very warmly, like a hero."
He was able to return to his native country because the Taliban told him it was safe.
"They said Americans were not everywhere like they used to be," he said. "The Taliban had brought security and I should return home. I am happy to be back in my country."
The revelations come as the so-called green-on-blue attacks by Afghan security on GIs continue to plague US efforts to train enough local police so that the American military can safely withdraw from Afghanistan, the report said.