Army General Harold Greene Was Shot in Back Four Times: Source

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KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. Army two-star general killed while visiting Afghanistan's military academy was shot in the back four times by a soldier with no history of suspicious behavior, a senior Afghan military official said Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was the highest-ranking casualty in the Afghanistan war so far. The shooting suspect was identified as 27-year-old Mohammad Rafiqullah, who joined the Afghan army two years ago and was assigned to the military police, the senior Afghan official told NBC News on condition of anonymity. "He had never shown any suspicious intentions before," the source added.

Greene, a 55-year-old New York native, was a member of a delegation discussing a $70 million renovation to the Afghanistan National Military Academy. According to the senior Afghan official, Rafiqullah opened fire from a bathroom window in a nearby building. The general was hit once in the leg and four times in his back. About 20 other American, British, Afghan and German officers were injured, including a German major general and an American brigadier general. Rafiqullah was shot in the face by ISAF troops and died instantly. Greene's death was the first time an officer with a major general rank has been killed overseas since the Vietnam War.

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene attends a ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in 2011.U.S. Army via EPA


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