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Top Afghan police chief killed in Kandahar shooting

Taliban claim responsibility for killing Gen Abdul Raziq inside governorís compound

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The most important power broker in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead just days before parliamentary elections, along with at least one other top official, leaving a power vacuum in the Talibanís birthplace.

A bodyguard opened fire at a top-level meeting in Kandahar province on Thursday, killing the head of police, Abdul Raziq, and the provinceís spy chief. The Kandahar governor, Zalmai Wesa, was also shot. His condition was unclear.

18 October 2018


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Raziq was accused of serious human rights abuses, but he was also considered a bulwark against the insurgents in an area that has always been their heartland. He had been credited with security improvements in recent years. 
The deaths from the insider shooting risk destabilising southern Afghanistan at a time of huge political uncertainty and a worrying deterioration in the security situation.

Afghanistanís Tolo television station reported the attack had been carried out by a bodyguard for Wesa. There were other senior Afghan officials at the site of the attack, but it was not immediately clear if any had been injured.

The top US general in Afghanistan, Scott Miller, was also at the meeting, but was not harmed, a spokesman for the US-led mission said. Two US citizens were wounded.

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