Top Afghan General killed in Taliban attack in Kandahar

One of Afghanistan’s most powerful police chiefs, General Abdul Raziq, was among those killed in an insider attack on the Kandahar governor’s office on Thursday. An official of the Afghan spy agency, the National Directorate of Security, was also killed in the attack, an official source confirmed to Asia Times. Kandahar Governor Zalmai Wesa is reported to have sustained injuries but survived.

“A governor’s bodyguard open fired on a meeting of the officials,” the source said on condition of anonymity. However, residents claim hearing a loud explosion ahead of the gunfire, the source of which is yet to be determined.

The meeting targeted was attended by United States General Scott Miller, who is also the chief of NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) Mission in Afghanistan.

“There was a situation at the Kandahar palace today. Initial reports indicate this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident. General Miller is uninjured,” Col. Knut Peters, RS spokesperson, confirmed. Col. Peters later added that three Americans, one member of the armed services, one civilian and one contractor, were among those wounded.

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