Top US general survives attack by Afghan bodyguard

19 October, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The Taliban claimed the attack, which came after a high-level security meeting.

Local media outlets reported that a bodyguard for Governor Wesa opened fire on the officials while they were making their way to a helipad after the meeting.

Austin Scott Miller was "uninjured in the attack, but three Americans were hurt in the crossfire and rushed to a hospital", Col. Knut Peters, a spokesman for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, told CBN News by phone. "2 Americans wounded. Gen. Miller uninjured, attacker reportedly dead", the Resolute Support Mission said in a statement.

Kandahar's police chief, the provincial governor, and the local intelligence chief were among at least three killed in the shooting.

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Within hours of the attack, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the nation to assure Kandahar residents it was safe to go to the polls. USA commander Gen Scott Miller narrowly escaped unhurt.

Security forces swarmed the city after the attack at the provincial governor's office where the senior Afghan and foreign officials had gathered, witnesses told AFP.

More than 50,000 members of Afghanistan's already overstretched security forces are being deployed to protect polling centres on election day.

The guard opened fire on provincial police chief Abdul Raziq and several officials at a security conference.

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Col. Peters says one servicemember, one US Civilian, and 1 Coalition contractor was hurt.

His father and uncle were killed by the Taliban in 1994; he became the provincial police chief in 2011, after his predecessor was murdered in a suicide bombing.

However, the United States military said the attack would have no effect on its military presence aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table: "This attack will not change U.S. resolve in our South Asia strategy", Defense Department spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said.

"There was a situation at the Kandahar palace today".

"People and the security forces of Afghanistan have been paying a heavy price due to continued instability and threats from the enemies of peace", Imran Khan said in a statement.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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. He added that Raziq's assassination and recent attacks on Afghan parliamentary candidates "stand in stark contrast to the aspirations of the Afghan people for peace, security, and economic stability". Still, Mr. Mattis said he believed the attack would not affect Miller's security arrangements or the movement of the USA military in Afghanistan.

For the first time since a USA -led invasion forced the Taliban from power in 2001, elections won't be held across Afghanistan.

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