A powerful Afghan police chief was among at least three people killed in a shooting Thursday the Taliban said had targeted top USA commander General Scott Miller.
One of Afghanistan's most powerful security officials and the Kandahar governor were killed in a shooting shortly after a visit by the top USA commander in Afghanistan, in an attack likely to shake the confidence of the government ahead of elections.
Raziq was killed in the attack, while two USA citizens and several top Afghan official, including the governor, were wounded, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman Debra Richardson said three service members were wounded in the bombing but didn't provide more details.
Of the three Americans who were wounded, one was a civilian and one was a member of the military.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which takes the number of candidates killed so far during the campaign season to at least 10.
But a person with knowledge of the incident said in a telephone interview that "several sources" reported that the three were killed.
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.More news: UK, France, Germany call for probe into missing Saudi journalist
Three senior Afghan officials were reported to be among the casualties, but there were conflicting accounts on whether they were killed or wounded.
In addition to Raziq, intelligence chief Abdul Momin was also killed in the attack, Glasse reports, citing Kandahar's deputy governor Agha Lala Dastageri.
Sources told TOLO News that Raziq was killed when assailants struck the USA and Afghan group after a high-profile meeting at the governor's office.
He was accused of abuses, including torturing Taliban inmates, but had brought reasonable security in Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban militants. "We are being told the area is secure".
The brutal police chief of Kandahar has been killed along several other officials, a Taliban statement said.
Afghanistan witnessed a string of attacks ahead of the October 20 parliamentary elections.
Jabar Qahraman, an election candidate in the southern province in Afghanistan, was killed in his campaign office on Wednesday after explosives kept under his sofa blew up.