Top US General Escapes Taliban Attack at Kandahar Governor’s Palace

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Kandahar, Afghanistan – Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. local time, a Taliban attack at the Governor’s palace killed a top Afghan General, wounded two Americans, and one contractor in Kandahar, in addition to important Afghan government officials. Resolute support commander Army Gen Scott Miller narrowly escaped the attack, and was uninjured.

“Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar’s powerful police chief and a close U.S. ally, as well as the provincial governor and intelligence chief, were among those killed by a gunman who reportedly served as the governor’s bodyguard.” mei.edu

Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq was shot dead by the Kandahar governor’s body guard as he left a meeting with US officials, one of whom was Army Gen. Scott Miller, Resolute Support commander. Also killed, according to Radio Free Europe Journalist Frud Bezhan, were the governor of Kandahar and the intelligence officer in the region, as well as a cameraman for AFJC media.

Stripes reported that the Taliban warned on October 8 that they were stepping up attacks on Security forces due to the upcoming elections on October 20. The attack on Thursday comes one day after a suicide attacker wounded several coalition forces at Bagram Air Base.

The Americans are in stable condition, according to Resolute Support.

The Taliban claimed responsibility. And it’s those government officers that have reportedly thrown Kandahar into crisis mode.

Gen Raziq was a “warlord” often accused of human rights violations, but was said to be the reason the different factions were holding together in the Kandahar region.  Officials now expect upheaval, and are unsure of what will happen in the elections on Saturday.

 

 

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