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NATO Contractor Killed By A Fake Police Woman

Monday, December 24, 2012

A woman in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed a NATO contractor in the Kabul police headquarters early Monday morning, authorities said.

Officials have not yet confirmed whether the woman was indeed a member of the Afghan police force, said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry. She was arrested.

The victim was a civilian contractor for ISAF who was working as an adviser to Afghan police, said Major. Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

If the shooter is confirmed to be an Afghan policewoman, the incident will add to the rising number of insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers.

More than 50 people have been killed in Afghanistan in similar attacks this year. The Afghan government calls the killings acts of terrorism.

A bi-annual Pentagon report to Congress this month said there's been an overall increase in "insider attacks" on U.S. or coalition training forces.

"The rise in insider attacks has the potential to adversely affect the coalition's political landscape," according to the report. "It remains clear that the insider threat is both an enemy tactic and has a cultural component," according to the report.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Monday's attack. But in past attacks, the Taliban has come out and said it was responsible.

The Pentagon report said Taliban insurgents have lost some of their punch since their 2010 peak but they remain "resilient and determined" and "will likely attempt to regain lost ground and influence" through assassinations, high-profile attacks, the use of roadside bombs and other violence.

In a second unrelated incident, an ISAF service member was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Per policy, ISAF did not release the service member's name or nationality.
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