Top US general 'uninjured' in Kandahar attack that killed Afghan general

Education for girls beyond 12 has been halted and many schools in Qadis district have closed

Education for girls beyond 12 has been halted and many schools in Qadis district have closed

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursday's shooting in the restive southern province that killed anti-Taliban strongman and police chief, General Abdul Raziq.

The top US commander in Afghanistan recently escaped an attack by the Taliban, which claimed the lives of at least two Afghanistan security officials. Austin Miller, who was at the compound, was not injured during the incident.

Dastageri said provincial intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin also died inside the governor's sprawling residence where the attack occurred.

Kandahar's provincial governor, Zalmay Wesa, later died of his injuries at the hospital.

"I promise the Afghan people that soon the situation will get normal in Kandahar", Ghani said.

Late Wednesday, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy was attacked near the Afghan capital, killing two civilians and injuring five Czech troops, Afghan officials and the Czech military said Thursday.

General Scott Miller, the top United States commander in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with General Razeq only moments earlier, was uninjured in the attack, but the local commander of the NDS intelligence service was killed and the provincial governor was severely wounded.

Mattis said he had not yet spoken to Miller and could not confirm the Taliban's claim of responsibility but believed the attack would not affect Miller's security arrangements or USA military movements in Afghanistan. "We stand in solidarity with the courageous people of Afghanistan in fighting terrorism imposed on them".

"General Miller is uninjured", he added.

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The president, who attended a fundraiser before the rally, also praised GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner. He talked about exiting the Iran nuclear deal and drew wild applause for mentioning his plans for a Space Force.

"We need to find who's done this", Mattis told reporters traveling with him in the southeast Asian city-state of Singapore.

Abdul Jabar Qahraman was killed as he prepared for Saturday's election, a senior government official said, becoming the 10th candidate killed in the past two months, with two more abducted and four wounded by hardline Islamist militants.

Even if the Taliban did not plan the attack, it is likely to hugely benefit them.

Afghan election commissioners have recommended suspending Saturday's parliamentary election in the southern province of Kandahar following the assassination of the powerful local police chief.

They said that a member of the governor's compound guard had opened fire on Raziq and that a shootout involving Afghan and American security personnel had ensued.

Security forces swarmed the southern city of Kandahar after the shooting that shuttered shops and sent terrified civilians - already on high alert for attacks - into their homes.

On Thursday, an elite guard attacked a delegation leaving a high-level meeting on security plans for the elections.

He rose through the police ranks after the US -led invasion of 2001 that ousted the Taliban, serving for a time as commander of the protection force along Kandahar province's sensitive southern border with Pakistan.

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