U.S. Army Veteran-Turned-Aid Worker Lisa Akbari Shot Dead in Kabul, Afghanistan


A U.S. Army veteran who became an aid worker was shot dead in her Kabul apartment building on Sunday night, officials said.

Lisa Akbari, a dual U.S.-Afghan citizen had been living in the Karte Char area of the Afghan capital for three years, a senior police official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to journalists on the matter. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi also later confirmed that Akbari had been fatally shot.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Akbari was a research manager for the U.S. Army from 2009 – 2013. She subsequently worked for aid agencies in Afghanistan including World Vision.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed Akbari’s death on Monday but declined to comment on the circumstances.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones on their loss,” the U.S. Embassy official said. “We are providing all possible consular assistance.”

A suspect was detained about 2.5 miles away from the scene of the attack. He was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during his arrest and had yet to be questioned early Monday.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Fazul Rahim, Sarah Burke and Henry Austin