Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Afghan guards kill police chief; United States troops hurt

Afghan guards kill police chief; United States troops hurt

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman Colonel Knut Peters said Miller, who took command of USA and forces and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan last month, was uninjured but two Americans were wounded in the crossfire. A key police leader and US ally died in the attack, which also wounded three Americans.

An Afghan security official told AFP the attack happened as the officials, including Miller, were leaving the meeting.

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

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

Speaking with Radio Liberty, Afghan Interior Minister Wais Barmak said the governor, Toryalai Weesa; the powerful provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq; and its intelligence chief were wounded in the shooting.

The Americans were wounded in the cross-fire after gunfire erupted at the palace, Peters said. And despite charges of people being tortured or killed while in police custody, he remained a powerful US ally. Initial reports indicate this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which also killed three of Mr Qahraman's companions in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

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Several current and former officials confirmed the death of Abdul Raziq, 39, a close USA ally and fierce anti-Taliban fighter.

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. "This is a pan-Afghan loss", he wrote.

Three senior Afghan officials were reported to be among the casualties, but there were conflicting accounts on whether they were killed or wounded. He was on the militant group's watchlist for using torture techniques against Taliban inmates, but enjoyed reasonable security in Kandahar.

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

Abdul Jabar Qahraman became the 10th election candidate to die ahead of Saturday's polls when the blast tore through his campaign office.

The shooting in Kandahar continued a surge in violence across Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary elections Saturday.

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