23 September 2019

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Election Delay in Kandahar after Top Security Officials Assassinated

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Friday October 19, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Parliamentary election in Afghanistan's Kandahar province due to be held on Saturday, will be delayed by a week following the assassination of a General Abdul Raziq police chief and intelligence chief of Kandahar province. According to BNA report, The Independent Election Commission's deputy spokesman, Aziz Ibrahimi, says the decision on the postponement was made to allow mourners to observe funeral rites for the slain police chief, General Abdul Raziq and others killed in the attack. Along with Raziq, the province's intelligence chief, Abdul Mohmin and two policemen were killed. The condition of Kandahar's governor, Zalmay Wesa, who was wounded in the attack, was shrouded in secrecy. Security officials in the capital, Kabul, maintained Wesa was wounded but survived. It is mentionable that, Thursday’s brazen attack, which was immediately claimed by the Taliban, was aimed at a meeting of senior U.S. military and Afghan leaders in Kandahar city. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, escaped unharmed, but Lt. Gen. Abdul Razik, the Kandahar police commander, and Abdul Momin, the provincial intelligence chief, died of gunshot wounds. Afghans will be voting on Saturday to elect members of parliament in polls delayed repeatedly for the past three years. More than 2,500 candidates are competing for 249 seats in the lower house, which is responsible for making laws and supervising the government. M.A.Ansari

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