An Afghan policewoman has killed an American adviser at Kabul’s police headquarters today.
The killing could be the latest insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces against their foriegn allies, and the first committed by a woman.
The attack came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot dead five of his fellow officers at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan.
The policewoman was said to be a member of the force’s gender equality team and has been taken into custody.
Kabul’s deputy police chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said an investigation was under way to determine whether the latest killing was intentional or accidental.
It was not known whether the victim was a military or civilian adviser. The Nato military command said it was looking into reports of the shooting but had no independent information.
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.
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.