U.S. commander survives Afghan gun attack but police chief dies

Clay Curtis
Октября 18, 2018

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.

The shooter in the Taliban-claimed "insider attack", was also killed, one USA official said.

At least two US soldiers were reported wounded in the incident, but Miller was said to be unhurt, according to the officials.

Two Americans were wounded in a shooting outside the governor's mansion in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar.

Two American troops were also wounded in the shooting.

He claimed that in addition to Abdul Raziq, whom he described as "the savage commander of Kandahar", the dead included Kandahar's provincial governor, Zalmai Wessa, and its intelligence chief, Abdul Momin.

But a person with knowledge of the incident said in a telephone interview that "several sources" reported that the three were killed.

Miller had been attending a high-level security meeting with security officials ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday.

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Afghan officials and the Czech military say the attack took place late Wednesday in the district of Bagram in Parwan province.

Initial reports say the attacker was killed.

Knut could not comment on reports that Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq was killed in the attack.

A bodyguard for Kandahar's governor opened fire inside a building where senior officials had met to discuss the security situation in the south, Agha Lalay Datyagiri, Kandahar's deputy governor told Stars and Stripes.

He rose through the police ranks after the USA -led invasion of 2001 that ousted the Taliban, serving for a time as commander of the protection force along Kandahar province's sensitive southern border with Pakistan. He had been credited with security improvements in recent years. "We are being told the area is secure".

Another witness said the city was "full of military forces".

At least 10 candidates have been killed so far, including Abdul Jabar Qahraman who was blown up Wednesday by a bomb placed under his sofa in the southern province of Helmand.

The attack was a devastating blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday, which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt.

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