Mattis Calls Gen. Raziq's Death A "Tragic Loss"

Private security stands guard outside the election campaign office of Miwais Popal one of the parliamentary election candidates. EPA

Private security stands guard outside the election campaign office of Miwais Popal one of the parliamentary election candidates. EPA

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday condemned a terrorist attack in Afghanistan which resulted in death of senior Kandhar security officials, ARY News reported.

The three Afghan officials were all severely wounded when the gunman opened fire and two members of Miller's protection detail were also hit in the crossfire but Miller, who took command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and the Nato-led Resolute Support mission last month was not injured. He was unhurt, though three Americans...

Initial reports say the attacker was killed.

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".

Miller was present during the shooting but uninjured.

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According to sources, at least one of the governor's bodyguards opened fire on the officials.

Another major attack previous year 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.

Responding to questions about newly appointed United States special envoy for Afghan peace process Zalmay Khalilzad's meeting with Taliban in Qatar, the spokesman said: "We welcome efforts for a negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict and will extend all possible support for any such efforts".

Speaking to The Guardian, Graeme Smith, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, said "Raziq's rise as the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan brought with it a kind of grim dystopian security to Kandahar city..." Taliban spokesman Zabihulla Mujahid said over social media that an "infiltrator" opened fire inside the governor's house during a meeting.

Dastageri said provincial intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin also died inside the governor's sprawling residence where the attack occurred. Two US citizens were wounded. Local officials said Miller appeared to have been saved by his body armour but there was no immediate confirmation from the Nato Headquarters.

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The powerful police chief of Kandahar, General Abdul Raziq, and the provincial intelligence head, Abdul Momin, were shot and killed, they said.

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

Raziq, who was about 40, was among the best known and most effective police commanders in Afghanistan and had survived numerous assassination attempts - some of which left him with several wounds.

In 2012, he was targeted by a suicide bomber and also the same year his convoy was struck by a roadside bomb.

The attack on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy came at the end of a particularly violent day across Afghanistan as tensions are rising ahead of the country's parliamentary elections on Saturday.

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It comes ahead of the all-important presidential elections due in April 2019.

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