CIA officers in Afghanistan killed by Jordanian 'double agent'

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA officers at a U.S. base in Afghanistan last week was an al Qaeda double-agent from Jordan, NBC News reported.

CIA officers in Afghanistan killed by Jordanian 'double agent'

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA officers at a U.S. base in Afghanistan last week was an al Qaeda double-agent from Jordan, NBC News reported on Monday, citing unnamed Western intelligence officials.

The Taliban had claimed that the attacker was one of the group's sympathizers from the U.S.-backed Afghan army who detonated a vest of explosives at a meeting with CIA workers at the base on Wednesday.

It was the second-most deadly attack in CIA history.

The CIA had no immediate comment on the NBC report, which identified the alleged attacker as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, 36, from Zarqa, Jordan.

The report said Jordanian authorities believed that al-Balawi had been successfully reformed and brought over to the American and Jordanian side. They set him up as an agent and sent him to Afghanistan and Pakistan, NBC claimed.

Former intelligence officials said CIA agents at the base involved strikes against Qaeda targets along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Reuters
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