US general was target of Taliban attack that killed 3 officials, wounded 2 US troops

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The three top Afghan government officials in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, were killed and two Americans wounded Thursday in an attack by a man wearing an Afghan military uniform.

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PHOTO: In this Feb. 19, 2017 file photo, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, poses for a picture during a graduation ceremony at a police training center in Kandahar province. File-Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images
In this Feb. 19, 2017 file photo, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, poses for a picture during a graduation ceremony at a police training center in Kandahar province.

Killed in the attack on Thursday were Kandahar’s governor, Zalmai Wessa; its police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq; and its intelligence chief, Abdul Mohmin. Kandahar Province is in the south of the country, bordering Pakistan.

Two Americans were wounded in the crossfire, a military service member and a civilian. A third person, a contractor who is not American, was also wounded. They were medically evacuated and are reported to be in stable condition.

PHOTO: In this file photo from Jan. 2, 2018, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, speaks during a press conference in Kandahar province in Afghanistan. File-Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images
In this file photo from Jan. 2, 2018, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, speaks during a press conference in Kandahar province in Afghanistan.

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The attack at the governor’s compound in Kandahar occurred shortly after a meeting there attended by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Scott Miller. Miller was one his way to his helicopter when the attack occurred. He was uninjured in the incident.

The Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the incident, said Miller had been a target. But the head of Afghanistan’s army, Gen. Mohammad Yaftali, said at a news conference that the target was the police chief, Raziq.

PHOTO: Afghan policemen stand guard at a checkpoint ahead of parliamentary election in Kandahar on Oct. 18, 2018. File-Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images
Afghan policemen stand guard at a checkpoint ahead of parliamentary election in Kandahar on Oct. 18, 2018.

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“There was a situation at the Kandahar palace today,” said Col. David Butler, spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan “Initial reports indicate Afghan officials were the targets.”

“Initial reports also say the attacker is dead,” said Butler.

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