Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

American Killed at Police HQ in Kabul

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

American Killed at Police HQ in Kabul

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- A female police sergeant shot and killed a U.S. civilian adviser Monday at police headquarters in Kabul, Afghan police officials said, breaking a relative lull in the so-called insider killings that have strained the relationship between Americans and Afghans here.

The American victim was identified as Joseph Griffin, 49, of Mansfield, Ga., who had worked for DynCorp International as a police trainer since July 2011, according to DynCorp spokeswoman Ashley Burke.

Afghan officials identified the suspect as a woman named Nargis, a 33-year-old sergeant in the national police force who worked in the Interior Ministry's legal and gender equality department, and whose husband is also a police force member.

A person at Kabul police headquarters, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information, said the attacker had shot the U.S. adviser in the head at close range with a pistol, and then she was immediately arrested by other Afghan police officers. The person added that both U.S. and Afghan officials were questioning her, and he said she was distraught. Police said they did not believe that the attack was related to terrorism and that the suspect had no known ties with insurgents.

The Afghan news station TOLO cited Afghan officials as saying the woman, who had crossed multiple police checkpoints before she fired her gun, had graduated from the national police academy in 2008, in one of its first female classes.

The effort to recruit and train female police officers has been fraught with difficulty. EUPOL, the European police organization active in police training here, says there are only 380 female police officers in Kabul, and even fewer in the provinces, despite an Interior Ministry goal of recruiting 5,000 by the end of 2014.

Insider attacks, in which Afghan security service members have turned against their foreign allies, have greatly increased in the past year, with 61 U. …

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