Kandahar Attack Proves Taliban 'Becoming More and More Brazen'

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2018

A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fired Thursday after a meeting between General Scott Miller and Afghan officials in a southern province.

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.

USA military officials confirmed that a US soldier, a contractor and another civilian were wounded in the attack, which occurred shortly after a high-level meeting attended by Miller.

Initial reports say the attacker was killed.

Afghan National army soldiers search a vehicle at a checkpoint ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 20, at the Independent Election Commission compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Unconfirmed reports from local officials suggest that Gen Miller appeared to have been saved by his body armour.

PM Khan also said that Pakistan suffered similar attacks during its own electoral process and could feel the pain of the people of the neighbouring country.

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

Another major attack a year ago inside the Kandahar governor's office took a heavy toll on officials, killing a deputy governor, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, and members of Parliament.

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The US military now stands to lose a diverse network of informants capable of monitoring threats and infiltrations from the Taliban and other groups, a US military official said.

However, Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Razik and Intelligence Chief Abdul Mohmin were pronounced dead at the scene.

The assassination of a powerful police commander has left Afghanistan reeling ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday and raised questions over talks begun recently between the Taliban and us officials.

General Miller said in a tweet: "Today I lost a great friend LTG Raziq". His forces received Western training and funds, and USA military officials often consulted him. But the local commander of the NDS intelligence service and the Kandahar provincial governor Zalmay Wesa were also killed. Another witness said the city was "full of military forces".

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.

Of the five Czech soldiers, one was seriously injured when their vehicle overturned following the explosion.

"We hope that the parliamentary elections due to take place the day after tomorrow will be held peacefully". "But right now, we are going toward the election and we will continue to defend the Afghan people". Over the past few years, he had emerged as one of the most powerful military and political figures in Afghanistan.

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