Washington, Jan 5(ANI): Former U.S. Government officials have revealed that the suicide bomber, who killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan last week, was a Jordanian informant who lured the officers into a trap by promising crucial information about Al-Qaeda.
The bomber, identified as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, was standing outside an agency building when he exploded a bomb hidden under his clothes, killing seven Americans and injuring six others.
According to two former senior officials, Balawi was recruited to infiltrate Al-Qaeda's top leadership and had gained the trust of his CIA and Jordanian handlers with a stream of useful intelligence leads.
"His track record as an informant apparently allowed him to enter a key CIA post without a thorough search," The Washington Post quoted sources, as saying.
The officials also said that the U.S. and Jordanian officials had come to regard Balawi as trustworthy, despite a history of support for Islamist extremism.
They also said that Balawi had had provided "actionable intelligence" over several weeks of undercover work along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Jordan is a key ally in the U.S. fight against Al-Qaeda, and its intelligence operatives have been integrated into missions in the Middle East and beyond. (ANI)