U.S. Army veteran assassinated in Afghanistan

U.S. Army veteran Lisa Akbari in Afghanistan with the 2nd Infantry Division. Photo Credit: Lisa Akbari Foundation

An Army veteran who was an aid worker in Afghanistan was shot dead in her apartment in Kabul on Sunday night.

According to NBC News, Lisa Akbari, who was a dual U.S.-Afghan citizen, had been living in Kabul for three years.

Akbari’s death was confirmed by Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Akbari studied at UNLV, the University of Wyoming and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her profile also said she was a research manager for the U.S. Army from 2009 – 2013.

After Akbari’s military service, she started working for aid agencies in Afghanistan.

On Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Akbari’s death but declined to comment on the circumstances of her death.

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

Afghan authorities said a suspect was apprehended 2.5 miles from Akbari’s apartment. The suspect hasn’t been questioned by the police because he was taken to a hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained during his arrest.

An udated photo of Lisa Akbari. Photo credit: Lisa Akbari Foundation
An udated photo of Lisa Akbari. Photo credit: Lisa Akbari Foundation

Mayana Aliah Akbari paid tribute to her older sister on Facebook.

“R.I.P. to my beautiful older sister Lisa. You were taken soon and very suddenly while in Afghanistan, and this just feels like a living nightmare,” she wrote. “I know God got back his angel and is proud of you for all that you’ve done on Earth while you were still living. I promise the psychopath that killed you will have justice served to him.”

Afghanistan’s NDS intelligence agency is leading the investigation. A senior police official said the intelligence agency confiscated some personal items from the suspect’s apartment.

The Lisa Akbari Foundation posted this video honoring Lisa’s life with this caption, “This short video captures Lisa at her best, giving all she had and was to those less fortunate than herself and serving as a spiritual example to all of us.”

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