Afghan Policewoman Kills US Adviser

It's the latest in a rising tide of insider attacks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2012 6:13 AM CST
Afghans walk past by a gate of the Kabul police headquarters, where an American advisor was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.   (Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – An Afghan policewoman shot and killed an American adviser outside the police headquarters in Kabul today, senior Afghan officials said. The killing of the American, who worked as a contractor with the NATO command, was the first known insider attack by a woman in Afghanistan, and the latest in a rising tide of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies.

The woman, identified as Afghan police Sgt. Nargas, had entered a strategic compound in the heart of the capital and shot the civilian adviser with a pistol once, in the side of the chest, as he came out of a small shop with articles he had just bought, said Kabul's governor. Earlier, she had asked bystanders where the governor's office was located, the governor said. The policewoman was taken into Afghan custody shortly after the attack but has apparently refused to answer questions after hours of interrogation. It's not known whether the killer and victim were acquainted. "Her background is very clean. We don't see that she had any connection with armed insurgent groups," adds an Interior Ministry rep. (Read more green-on-blue killings stories.)

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