female Afghan police officer has shot dead a US military adviser in a
high security police headquarters, a senior police official said.
This is the first green on blue attack since September and the first
ever in Afghanistan involving a woman.
officials have identified the attacker as Police Sgt. Nargas, a
mother of four who had a clean record.
background is very clean. We don't see that she had any connection
with armed insurgent groups,''
An interior Ministry Spokesman, Sediqi Seidiqqi, in an interview with
added that she aroused no suspicion because she frequently went back
and forth on business between the compound and the Interior Ministry
where she worked.
policemen stand guard at the site of an incident inside the compound
where a U.S. advisor was killed in Kabul, December 24, 2012. (Reuters
/ Omar Sobhani)
fired only one shot that fatally struck the American in the chest,
had previously worked in a human rights department of the police and
had been a refugee in Pakistan and Iran.
police official confirmed that she was able to enter the compound
with a firearm because she was a police officer.
investigation into the shooting is underway. The shooter was detained
by her fellow officers after the incident but refused to answer
questions as to her motive after hours of interrogation, Sidiqqi
American was a civilian worker who worked in NATO command,
spokesperson US Air Force Lt. Col. Lester T. Carroll told AP. The
woman has so far refused to explain her motive for the attack.
security personnel escorts a U.S. convoy to Kabul police headquarters
in Kabul December 24, 2012. (Reuters / Mohammad Ismail)
is currently unclear if the contractor’s death was intentional or
accidental, Deputy Police Chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said.
have been deeply shocked that a woman was responsible for the
is the first female to carry out such an attack. It is very
surprising and sad,” Nasrullah
Sadeqixada, an independent member of parliament, told AP.
to NATO 1,400 women were serving in the Afghan police and 350 in the
army by the middle of 2012. While this is a very small proportion in
comparison to males, it is a significant gain in such a conservative
society as Afghanistan.
the former rule of the Taliban women were virtually prisoners in
their own homes and were severely punished for breaking the harsh
code of living imposed on them.
shooting came just hours after an Afghan police officer opened fire
on five colleagues at a checkpoint in the country's north. The
attacker then stole their weapons, and fled to join the Taliban, the
local deputy provincial governor said.
mid-September, three similar attacks took place in Afghanistan over a
single weekend, killing eight NATO troops.
than 60 coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan in 2012, a
dramatic increase from the 35 killed last year. The violence comes
ahead of the coalition’s planned pull-out in 2014
surge in such attacks is throwing doubt on the ability of the Afghan
security forces to effectively take over from NATO troops when they
begin to withdraw next year.
policemen stand guard at the entrance to police headquarters in Kabul
on December 24, 2012 (AFP Photo / Shah Marai)