Powerful Afghan police commander killed in Kandahar insider attack

Powerful Afghan police commander killed in Kandahar insider attack

A powerful security official and the local intelligence chief were killed in an insider attack shortly after meeting the top US commander in Afghanistan on Thursday, in an attack likely to shake the confidence of the government ahead of elections. The Kandahar governor Zalmai Wessa, was wounded in the attack.

Kandahar police chief General Abdul Raziq and the local head of the National Directorate of Security Abdul Momin were killed when a member of the provincial governor’s elite guards turned his gun on his colleagues and American troops who were leaving a high-level security meeting at the Kandahar palace on Thursday.

The commander of the Nato mission to Afghanistan US General Scott Miller was in a meeting with the Afghan officials moments before the attack but was unharmed. Three foreign coalition members were injured in the incident, a Nato spokesperson said, and a local cameraman was reportedly killed.

“There was a situation at the Kandahar palace today. Initial reports indicate this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident,” Colonel Knut Peters, a spokesman for Nato’s Afghanistan mission told The National. “General Miller is uninjured. We are being told the area is secure.”

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