Policewoman Had Mental Disorder, Was Suicidal: Family

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The Afghan policewomen who shot dead a US civilian adviser earlier this week was suffering from mental disorder, family members said Thursday.

The policewoman's children -- 16-year-old son Sayed Emanuddin and 13-year-old daughter Fatema -- expressed concerns about their lives without their mother and called for the government to release her.

"We face many problems. I want the government to release my mother; otherwise, we will have an uncertain future," Fatima told TOLOnews, adding that her mother had attempted suicide in the past.

Police officials said that investigations are still underway and that the policewoman, Nargis, was being treated well during interrogation.

"We have not tortured her and will not allow anyone to do so, either," head of Kabul Crime Investigation Department told TOLOnews.

The woman, Nargis Rezaiee from the Iranian city of Momenabad, married an Afghan man 10 years ago and came to Afghanistan.

She shot and killed a US civilian adviser at close range in the highly secure enclave outside the Kabul police headquarters. Officials have said Nargis attacked the foreigner after she failed to reach her original intended targets, the police chief and the governor.

Two other policewomen, who were responsible for searching the visitors to the Police headquarters, have been detained for neglecting their duties. Nargis's husband is also in police custody.

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