Taliban claims attack that left Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Raziq dead

Arturo Kim
October 19, 2018

As head of the police in Kandahar, Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq was credited with bringing more security to the southern Afghan city.

Officials said Razeq, Miller and the other officials were walking towards a landing zone as the helicopter taking the USA general's party back to Kabul approached to land when the gunman, who was waiting outside, opened fire on the group.

In a tweet on Thursday, hours after escaping unhurt from the same attack that killed Raziq, General Scott Miller expressed his condolences over the death of his "great friend". Two Americans were injured in the incident at the compound, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesperson said, and a local cameraman was reportedly killed.

The shooting broke out in the compound of the governor of the embattled southern province of Kandahar, where the Taliban insurgency has been gaining ground.

Col. Peters says the attack appears to be Afghan-on-Afghan, noting the assailant was killed.

A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire Thursday on participants in a meeting with the top US commander in Afghanistan, killing three top southern provincial officials and wounding at least three Americans, officials said.

"General Miller is uninjured", he added.

Afghan election commissioners have recommended suspending Saturday's parliamentary election in the southern province of Kandahar following the assassination of the powerful local police chief.

The attack on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy came at the end of a particularly violent day across Afghanistan as tensions are rising ahead of the country's parliamentary elections on Saturday.

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Two American troops were wounded in the assault, while Afghan police Chief Abdul Raziq was killed.

Miller had been meeting with Raziq in a heavily fortified compound in Kandahar city when a member of the provincial governor's security team opened fire on the high-level gathering.

He had been a key figure in the U.S. strategy of securing the southern region against the Taliban.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have again warned Afghans against participating in the Parliamentary Elections slated to be held on Saturday (October 20, 2018), saying that elections "are a foreign plot to prolong occupation".

"We had served together for many years".

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Bagram, which is the home of a sprawling US military base. The Taliban claimed the attack and said Miller was the target.

"We stand in solidarity with the courageous people of Afghanistan in fighting terrorism imposed on them", he said.

But he predicted that the brazen attack would not have a long-term impact on security in Kandahar, one of Afghanistan's most strategically important and contested provinces in America's longest war.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which takes the number of candidates killed so far during the campaign season to at least 10.

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