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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander escapes Taliban attack that killed Afghan police chief

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Knut could not comment on reports that Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq was killed in the attack.

David Butler, who attended the meeting with Miller, said the powerful Kandahar police chief, Abdul Raziq, was clearly the target, not the US general.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also condemned the Kandahar incident and said Pakistan supports all initiatives for peace in Afghanistan and the region.

Wahida Shakar, spokeswoman for the provincial governor, says three Afghan civilians were also wounded.

"It is a big loss for Afghanistan", Shakeba Hashimi, a legislator from Kandahar, said by cellphone as she was en route to his funeral at a hospital there.

In an interview with AFP previous year, Raziq said the Taliban had targeted him "countless times", adding he could remember 20 of the incidents, including at least eight suicide attacks.

General Scott Miller, the top USA commander in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with General Razeq only moments earlier, was uninjured in the attack, but the local commander of the NDS intelligence service was killed and the provincial governor was severely wounded. "We stand in solidarity with the fearless people of Afghanistan in fighting terrorism imposed on them".

"Today, I lost a great friend, Lieutenant General Raziq", Miller said on Twitter.


"We stabilized and treated the wounded and secured the area, " said Butler, adding that Miller made sure the scene was secure and the wounded were taken away by medivac before he left the area and returned to Kabul.

Raziq was the third of the last four Kandahar police chiefs to be killed on the job.

Parliamentary elections in the Afghan province of Kandahar have been delayed by a week after the assassination of a powerful local police chief. The Taliban claimed the attack and said Miller was the target.

"Over 70,000 security forces are there to maintain security".

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

The run-up to the elections has been marred by deadly militant attacks and targeted killings of candidates, 10 of whom have been killed so far. "His mission there is to coordinate our US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table", State Department press secretary Heather Nauert told reporters last week.

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.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have again warned Afghans against participating in the Parliamentary Elections slated to be held on Saturday (October 20, 2018), saying that elections "are a foreign plot to prolong occupation".

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