"Shooter Was Not an Afghani Policeman"
According to a source speaking to news bureau TT, the man who shot and killed two Swedish soldiers and an interpreter on Sunday in Mazar-i-Sharif was not an Afghani policeman, but rather a young man whose efforts to become a police officer had been denied.
TT’s source describes how the Swedish soldiers were stopped at a small police outpost when the shooting began.
“The Swedes were talking with the policemen when the attack occurred. The man who attacked them was a Pashtun from the area, around 20-25 years old. He knew the police somehow. He took one of their weapons and shot the Swedes. Then he was also killed.”
The Ministry of Defense in Stockholm will not confirm the details, referring instead to an investigation that the Swedish military police is pursuing together with Afghani authorities.
Colonel Gustaf Fahl, who will head a replacement force set to be deployed in May, says that Swedish soldiers will continue to patrol without helmets despite Sunday’s deadly attack.
He maintains that it is important that the Swedish forces not alienate themselves from the local population.
The bodies of the two dead Swedish soldiers are to arrive at Ärna airport outside Uppsala on Tuesday.