Rogue Afghan Contractor Killed 2 US Soldiers

He is accused of opening fire as they were cleaning their guns
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2011 4:46 AM CDT
Rogue Afghan Contractor Killed 2 US Soldiers
The transfer cases containing the remains of Army Cpl. Donald R. Mickler Jr. of Bucyrus, Ohio, and Army Cpl. Rudy A Acosta of Canyon Country, Calif. sit at Dover Air Force Base, Del., March 20, 2011.    (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Afghan contractor Shir Ahmad was hired to provide security at an Afghanistan military base, but on Saturday—just 10 days after he was hired—he instead walked up to a group of soldiers and opened fire with an AK-47, killing two. Cpl. Donald Mickler Jr of Ohio, 29, and Pfc. Rudy Acosta of California, 19, were killed, and four others were wounded; three US soldiers responded and killed Ahmad, NBC News reports. Nine US soldiers have now been killed by rogue members of the Afghan security force in the past two months. (More Afghanistan stories.)

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