Afghan policewoman shoots US adviser with pistol "at point black range" outside compound shop


Afghan policewoman shoots US adviser with pistol 'at point blank range' outside compound shop
Police are investigating if the killing in Kabul was intentional or accidental

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17:51 GMT, 24 December 2012

An Afghan policewoman shot dead an American adviser at 'point blank range' inside Kabul's security compound today.

The killing is the latest insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces against their foriegn allies, and the first committed by a woman.

The woman, identified as Afghan police sergeant Nargas, had entered the strategic compound in the heart of the capital and shot the adviser with a pistol as he came out of a small shop with items he had just bought.

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Friend or foe: The killing of an American adviser is the first insider attack committed by a woman

Friend or foe: The killing of an American adviser is the first insider attack committed by a woman

Security: Afghan police stand guard over the compound of the chief of police in the country's capital today

Security: Afghan police stand guard over the compound of the chief of police in the country's capital today

The policewoman – who like many Afghans only uses her first name – was taken into Afghan custody shortly after the attack.

Earlier, she had asked bystanders where the governor's office was located, Kabul governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa said.

The killed adviser was a contractor whose identity was not immediately released.

The attack occurred outside the police
headquarters in a walled, highly secure compound which also houses the
governor's office, courts and a prison.

Kabul deputy police chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said an investigation was under way.

Mr Amin said Nargas, a mother of four, had worked with a human rights department of the police for two years and had earlier been a refugee in Pakistan and Iran.

She could enter the compound armed because as a police officer she was licensed to carry a pistol, the police official said. Mr Amin did not know whether the killer and victim were acquainted.

Canadian Brig Gen John C Madower, a command spokesman in Kabul, called the incident 'a very sad occasion' and said his 'prayers are with the loved ones of the deceased'.

A Nato command spokesman, US air force Lt Col Lester T Carroll, said: 'We can confirm that a civilian police adviser was shot and killed this morning by a suspected member of the Afghan uniformed police.

It came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot dead five of his fellow officers at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan.

Senior officials have described killing as an 'insider attack' – when Afghan security forces turn their weapons on coalition troops or foreign contractors.

At least 53 international troops have been killed by Afghan soldiers or police this year and a number of other assaults are still under investigation.

Nato forces, due to mostly withdraw from the country by 2014, have speeded up efforts to train and advise Afghan military and police units before the pull-out.

Killing: Police outside the Kabul headquarters today following the 'green on blue' attack

Killing: Police outside the Kabul headquarters today following the 'green on blue' attack

Aftermath: U.S. and Afghan security personnel escort a convoy into the compound as investigations begin

Aftermath: U.S. and Afghan security personnel escort a convoy into the compound as investigations begin

Captured: Officials in the capital have said the policewoman is being held in custody

Captured: Officials in the capital have said the policewoman is being held in custody

The surge in insider attacks is throwing doubt on the capability of the Afghan security forces to take over from international troops and has further undermined public support for the 11-year war in Nato countries.

More than 50 Afghan members of the government's security forces also have died this year in attacks by their own colleagues.

Taliban militants claim such attacks reflect a growing popular opposition to both foreign military presence and the Kabul government.

Nato said around 25 per cent of insider attacks are by Taliban infiltrators, with the rest being borne out of personal animosities or cultural differences.

In an earlier attack, a policeman shot dead five colleagues late last night in the Jawzjan province.

Officials said he then stole the officers' weapons and fled to join the Taliban.

Alert: Security escorts a U.S. convoy to Kabul police headquarters where the American adviser was killed

Alert: Security escorts a U.S. convoy to Kabul police headquarters where the American adviser was killed

Compound: The police headquarters in Kabul, where police are examining whether the attack was intentional

Compound: The police headquarters in Kabul, where police are examining whether the attack was intentional

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