A comparison US commander has narrowly transient a gun conflict in that tip Afghan confidence officials were killed.
The gunman, reported to be behaving as a bodyguard, non-stop glow as officials left a assembly in Kandahar province.
Provincial troops arch Gen Abdul Raziq died, as did a conduct of a NDS comprehension service. The Kandahar administrator was critically injured.
US commander Gen Scott Miller transient unhurt though 3 other US adults were also exceedingly injured, Nato said.
Unconfirmed reports from internal officials advise that Gen Miller seemed to have been saved by his physique armour.
Initial reports contend a assailant was killed.
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At slightest dual palm grenade explosions were also reported by officials.
The Taliban pronounced they carried out a conflict – one of a many harmful targeted attacks given a fight in Afghanistan began in 2001 – and that Gen Miller and Gen Raziq were a targets. In a statement, a organisation referred to Gen Raziq as a “brutal troops chief”.
Loss of a absolute Taliban opponent
By Dawood Azami, BBC World Service
This is one of a many critical confidence incidents of a past 17 years – in that scarcely a whole care of a range has been eliminated.
While Gen Raziq, 40, was a provincial troops commander of Kandahar, his change went over his local province. Over a past few years, he had emerged as one of a many absolute troops and domestic total in Afghanistan.
He was deliberate as one of a strongest opponents of a Taliban and Pakistan and had remade himself into a pitch of a anti-Taliban onslaught in Afghanistan. He had formerly survived scarcely 20 attempts on his life.
In a deficiency of such gifted and revolutionary figures, a Taliban could mountain a debate to boost their territorial control as a detriment of an critical personality opens a window of event for a militants.
Violence in Afghanistan has been sharpening forward of Saturday’s elections.
Afghan and general confidence officials pronounced Gen Raziq had been shot in a behind as he left a assembly and died from his wounds.
“Provincial officials including a governor, a troops arch and other officials were concomitant a unfamiliar guest to a craft when a gunshots happened,” pronounced Jan Khakrezwal, conduct of a Kandahar provincial council.
The BBC’s Secunder Kermani in Kabul says Gen Raziq was a absolute competition of a Taliban.
Nato orator Col Knut Peters pronounced a bleeding Americans had been evacuated.
“Initial reports prove this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident,” Col Peters said. “We are being told a area is secure.”
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Last year, Gen Raziq himself narrowly transient a explosve attack on a Kandahar governor’s guesthouse.
Five officials from a United Arab Emirates (UAE) died in that conflict along with a emissary governor, dual comparison Afghan officials and dual MPs.