A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire Thursday on participants in a meeting with the top USA commander in Afghanistan, killing three top southern provincial officials and wounding at least three Americans, officials said.
Several Afghan and global security officials said Razeq, one of Afghanistan's most powerful commanders with a fearsome reputation as an enemy of the Taliban, had been killed.
USA military officials confirmed that a US soldier, a contractor and another civilian were wounded in the attack, which occurred shortly after a high-level meeting attended by Miller.
Miller was not hurt in the shooting, NATO's Resolute Support mission spokesman Colonel Knut Peters said in a statement. A key police leader and USA ally died in the attack, which also wounded three Americans.
"General Raziq and the provincial NDS (intelligence agency) chief have been killed, and the governor himself is in a critical condition", a senior government official told AFP on the condition of anonymity.
Peters says initial reports indicate the original attacker is dead.
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The shooting broke out at the end of a meeting between Miller and officials who had been discussing how to maintain security during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, scheduled for Saturday. The Taliban have said they carried out the attack. "We are being told the area is secure".
Governor Zalmai Wesa and powerful police commander of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar Abdul Razeq were killed in a shooting inside the governor's compound on Thursday the Associated Press reported.
Provincial police spokesman Salam Afghan confirmed the explosion had killed one person and wounded at least two. "He was seen as crucial to the security of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban where the group continued to have a presence". The assailant was reportedly one of the governor's bodyguards. As provincial police commander, he was widely credited with having curbed guerrilla activity around Kandahar City, where the Taliban was born in the 1990s.
Afghan policemen stand guard at a checkpoint ahead of parliamentary election in Kandahar on October 18, 2018.
At least 10 candidates have been killed so far, including Abdul Jabar Qahraman who was blown up Wednesday by a bomb placed under his sofa in the southern province of Helmand.