September 03, 2014

Policewoman who killed American adviser is Iranian

By Mirwais Adeel - Wed Dec 26 2012, 8:32 am

Afghan policewomanAn Afghan official says the policewoman who killed a US consultant in Kabul is an Iranian who came to Afghanistan 10 years ago with her husband and obtained a fake ID through him.

The policewoman, identified as Sgt. Nargis, shot 49-year-old Joseph Griffin, of Mansfield, Georgia, on Monday (local time), in the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies. Nargis walked into a heavily-guarded compound in the heart of Kabul, confronted Griffin and gunned him down with a single pistol bullet.

The attack occurred outside the police headquarters in a walled, highly secure compound which also houses the governor’s office, courts and a prison. Kabul Deputy Police Chief Mohammad Daoud Amin said an investigation was underway.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said on Tuesday she had displayed “unstable behaviour” but that the investigation revealed no militants links so far.

The incident is a major blow to the government’s security screening policy.

Insider attacks against Afghan police and Nato troops have risen sharply in 2012. It is thought to be the first time such an insider attack was carried out by a woman.

More than 60 soldiers and civilian advisers have been killed in 46 shootings this year, compared with 35 deaths in all of 2011. They account for nearly one in six of all Nato casualties in Afghanistan, and risk undermining the entire mission as it shifts towards a bigger focus on training.

Insider killings have eroded the trust between the foreign contingent and the Afghan government, just a year before most NATO troops are set to withdraw and turn security responsibility over to local forces.

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