Afghan 'rogue' attacks kill US aide and five police
An Afghan policewoman has killed a US civilian aide at the police headquarters in Kabul. It is believed to be the first such insider attack carried out by a woman. She is now in custody.
In a separate incident, at least five local policemen were killed by another officer in northern Afghanistan.
There has been a rise in incidents in which Afghan security forces members have shot dead either foreign personnel or their own colleagues.
In Monday's attack in Kabul, Afghan officials said the 33-year-old officer, who they named only as Nargis, arrived at the HQ looking for the police chief, the governor of Kabul or the head of the criminal investigation department. When she was unable to locate them she went to the canteen and fired one bullet at the aide. She then fired at officers who tried to arrest her.
|Really - what did we do to provoke them? Clearly we haven't apologized enough.|
Afghan officials said the woman was married to an officer with the criminal investigation department and has three children.
This "green-on-blue" incident in the Kabul police headquarters highlights the concern about whether Afghan and Nato forces can work together after most foreign troops leave the country in the next two years. After 2014 Nato will primarily be on a training mission requiring close working relations and trust between Afghan forces and foreign troops.
Such attacks raise more questions about whether such a close relationship is feasible.