Afghan Guards Kill Kandahar Police Chief, US Troops Hurt

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan as the country prepares for parliamentary elections

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan as the country prepares for parliamentary elections

Two US citizens were wounded and a local police chief killed, as Afghan guards opened fire at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and US forces commander in Afghanistan, Austin S. Miller after his meeting with Kandahar officials in the city.

A Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility for the attack told The Associated Press that US Gen Scott Miller, commander of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, was the target.

Governor Zalmai Wesa and powerful police commander of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar Abdul Razeq were killed in a shooting inside the governor's compound on Thursday the Associated Press reported.

The blast wounded seven people, said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor. There are however reports that two Americans have been wounded - one military and one civilian.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility.

Sources told TOLO News that Raziq was killed when assailants struck the USA and Afghan group after a high-profile meeting at the governor's office.

An Interior Ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media said Raziq rarely visited the governor's residence and was meticulous about his own security.

The brutal police chief of Kandahar has been killed along several other officials, a Taliban statement said.

Governor Wesa took charge of the province after his predecessor Humayun Azizi was injured in the same 2017 attack.

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Kandahar is one of the most volatile provinces in Afghanistan. "We have security in Kandahar that we don't have in the capital".

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. They were killed by explosives hidden in a government building, in Kandahar. "It is a pan Afg loss". At the same time, he earned a reputation as a ferocious opponent of the Taliban and gained the respect of successive American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military officials in Afghanistan.

The shocking attack is likely to cast a shadow over USA efforts to broker a lasting peace deal with the Taliban.

A slight and youthful-looking man, Abdul Raziq earned a reputation for brutality and corruption in the border police beginning a decade ago.

Pashtun said an Afghan military corps commander was also among the dead, although he didn't name him.

Miller assumed command last month from Gen. John Nicholson and was still carrying out initial assessments of the security situation in Afghanistan.

Raziq is often characterized as a USA -backed warlord in Afghanistan.

In a Twitter post, the Taliban said Miller and Raziq were the targets of the shooting that occurred as they were leaving a security meeting ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday. US officials over the summer held direct talks with the Taliban in an effort to put an end to years of violence inside the country.

U.S. Col. Knut Peters, a spokesman for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, says two Americans troops who were wounded have been medically evacuated.

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