Afghan election candidate among four killed in bomb attack

Lester Mason
October 18, 2018

Gunfire erupted Thursday in the compound of an Afghan provincial governor shortly after a high-level meeting involving the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, Afghan officials said.

The governor and the local head of the intelligence service were also killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban.

The top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, attended the meeting but was unharmed in the incident.

At least two United States soldiers were wounded in the incident, a statement by NATO's Resolute Support Mission said.

"At Kandahar palace today: Afghan-on-Afghan incident, as initial reports indicate".

Miller, who had been attending a meeting with security officials ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday, was not injured but two Americans were wounded in the crossfire and had been evacuated, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman Colonel Knut Peters said.

Razeq was criticised by human rights groups but highly respected by United States officers who saw him as one of Afghanistan's most effective leaders, largely responsible for keeping Kandahar province under control. A spokesperson for the provincial governor Omar Zwak said that "explosives were placed inside his [Qahraman's] sofa", reported Tolo News.

Miller, 57, took over last month as the top USA commander in Afghanistan, replacing Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr.

Col Peters said initial reports indicated the original attacker is dead.

"Raziq is basically the glue that has kept security forces in southern Afghanistan together", Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and editor of the Long War Journal, told Military Times.

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

Raziq was killed and six of his bodyguards wounded, a provincial security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He was accused of abuses, including torturing Taliban inmates, but had brought reasonable security in Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban militants.

Afghanistan witnessed a string of attacks ahead of the October 20 parliamentary elections. He narrowly escaped an attack past year in which five Emiratis were killed and the UAE's ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Al Kaabi was injured.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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