KABUL — An American police adviser was killed Monday by a female police officer in Kabul, the first so-called “green on blue” attack this month.
The woman killed the civilian adviser, who worked for DynCorp, with a single gunshot in Kabul’s main police station around 10 a.m., Kabul Deputy Police Chief Daod Amin said. The shooter was arrested shortly thereafter.
Amin said police are still investigating why the woman killed the adviser.
The International Security Assistance Force issued a statement confirming a civilian contractor had been killed by a female police officer in Kabul.
The killing came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot five colleagues at a checkpoint in the northern part of the country late Monday, The Associated Press reported. The attacker then stole his colleague's weapons and fled to join the Taliban, the deputy provincial governor in Jawzjan province, Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, was quoted by AP.
Green-on-blue attacks, where members of the Afghan security forces turn their weapons on their international allies, have been one of the biggest killers of foreign troops in Afghanistan this year and have strained trust between Afghans and their allies. More than 60 foreign troops and civilian contractors have been killed in such attacks this year, according to an Associated Press count, though the killings have tailed off in recent months with the traditional end of the Afghan fighting season.
The Taliban did not take responsibility for the shooting but did issue a statement shortly after praising such attacks.
DynCorp is a Falls Church, Va.-based government contractor that has provided much of the civilian workforce for the international military effort in Afghanistan.
Zubair Babakarkhail and The Associated Press contributed to this report.