Mullah Allegedly Shoots U.S. Army Veteran Dead in Afghanistan

American Lisa Akbari believed to have been killed by mullah with terrorist ties

Afghan policeman stands guard in Kabul in 2008 / AP


A U.S. Army veteran and aid worker was shot to death in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday night allegedly by a mullah.

NBC News reported that Lisa Akbari, a former research manager for the U.S. Army, was shot and killed in her apartment complex. The U.S. Embassy confirmed Akbari’s death Monday.

Akbari was shot dead when leaving the gym in her apartment building, according to CNN, and a Kabul district police chief said that a mullah allegedly carried out the attack.

Fraidoon Obaidi, the police chief, said that the mullah was arrested and being questioned. He was reportedly detained less than three miles from the scene of the attack and sustained injuries during his arrest.

Obaidi further stated that investigators found documents in the unnamed suspect’s home that indicate he has links to terrorist groups.

Obaidi did not specify to which groups the mullah appears to be linked.

Akbari, a dual U.S.-Afghan citizen, worked for the U.S. Army for four years ending in 2013 and later became an aid worker for World Vision and other aid agencies in Afghanistan. She had been living in Kabul for three years.

According to the Afghan TOLO News agency, the mullah lived in the same apartment complex as Akbari.

Akbari’s death came hours before a suicide car bombing killed six U.S. soldiers and wounded three others near Bagram Airfield in the deadliest attack on foreign troops since August. Two of those wounded were American troops and the other an interpreter.

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Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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