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Published on Feb 22, 2011
In this video you see a captured insurgent and security video showing how he entered the bank dressed as a police officer and started firing. Several things stand out. Firstly, he looks like a clean cut young man, nothing like what we have learned to think of as insurgent or terrorist. Second, while he is firing hordes of people run past him, within a foot in distance, and none of them give his vulnerable backside a good whack.
The one caught by the police appeared at the news conference in a blood-stained salwar kameez, the traditional loose pants and tunic, his hair uncombed and a glazed look in his eyes. It was unclear if the blood was from wounds he had received during the attack or if he had been beaten during his capture or interrogation.
Sounding affectless and exhausted, he said his name was Zar Hajam Khan and that he came from North Waziristan, a tribal area of Pakistan where the Haqqani network is based. "I studied in the Haqqani madrasa for three months and they trained and equipped me and my friend," he said.
He named at least three people who had helped him prepare for the attack, including the man who brought him to the bank on Saturday.
He said he first came to Jalalabad several weeks ago when a man who helped organize the attack took him to observe the bank. "They gave us training and instructions about how to enter and how to attack, and they gave us the A.N.A. uniforms," he said, referring to the Afghan Army uniforms the attackers wore.
Then he went to Peshawar, Pakistan, and only returned to Afghanistan on Wednesday, crossing the border at Torkham without being searched, he said.
As the attack was taking place, he said, he was wounded and asked a comrade for advice. The comrade told him to leave his gun and try to escape.
Mr. Khan walked down the bank's stairs, still wearing a suicide vest, and was caught by the police.