Grim Milestone – Insider Attacks in Afghanistan Triple in 2012
Insider attacks on US and NATO forces in Afghanistan tripled in 2012 compared to the year before. So far this year 60 insider attacks have occurred in Afghanistan under the leadership of Barack Obama. The latest attack involved an Iranian woman working as an Afghan policewoman who shot a US security adviser. The Iranian woman used forged documents to get herself the job.
Via Happening Now:
Aljazeera has more on the latest insider attack.
An Afghan policewoman has shot and killed a US security adviser in the Kabul police headquarters, NATO and local officials say.
A senior police official told Al Jazeera that the shooting occurred at 10:15am local time (05:45 GMT) on Monday.
The policewoman approached the adviser as he was walking in the heavily guarded police chief’s compound in a bustling area of the capital. She then drew a pistol and shot him once, a senior police official told the Reuters news agency.
The woman, a member of the police’s gender equality team, is in custody, officials said. Mohammad Daoud Amin, Kabul’s deputy police chief, said an investigation is under way to determine whether the killing was intentional or accidental.
Amin said Nargis, 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, he said.
Mohammad Zahir, head of the police criminal investigation department, described the incident as an “insider attack”, in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on US-led coalition troops they are supposed to be working with.
If confirmed to be such an attack, the shooting would be the first time that a female member of Afghanistan’s security forces has turned her weapon on a member of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) or a foreign contractor.