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Saturday 20 September 2014

Afghan gunman 'hid in bathroom'

Published 06/08/2014 | 03:25

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Major General Harold J Greene, who was killed in Afghanistan, the highest-ranking American officer to die in combat since 1970 (AP/US Army)
The front door of the home of Major General Harold Greene in Falls Church, Virginia (AP)

The Afghan soldier who killed a US two-star general and injured other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a Nato machine gun in his attack.

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An Afghan military official identified the soldier as a man in his early 20s who went by the single name Rafiqullah.

The official told the Associated Press today that no motive has been established for the shooting in which Rafiqullah also was killed.

However, the official says Rafiqullah came from a district in Paktia province known to harbour fighters from the Haqqani network, which has strong links to the Taliban.

US Major General Harold J Greene was killed in Tuesday's attack and up to 15 others, including a German general and two Afghan generals, were injured

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