Former Afghan police trainee tells CNN how he betrayed and killed US GIs training him and escaped
The unidentified 30-year-old man, with his face covered, confessed to CNN in a Taliban-controlled Afghan village.
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. “At that moment, I thought it was the right time, so I took my gun and shot them.”He also wounded three other GIs, including a captain, and managed to flee, he said.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.