Top US Army general barely survives assassination attempt, two Americans injured

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Rainey (front), U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes (middle), and U.S. Army Gen. Scott Miller (rear) arrive at a change of command ceremony for Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan. Rainey assumed command of CSTC-A during the ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Resolute Support photo by Jordan Belser)

The Taliban is taking credit for an assassination plot that killed Afghan provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and a local head of the NDS intelligence service.

They said they carried out the attack and U.S. Army General Scott Miller and General Raziq were the targets.

Gen. Miller is the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan. He previously served as the commander of Joint Special Operations Command from 2016 to August 2018.

The attacker was reportedly killed (not confirmed) during the assassination of Gen. Raziq, Governor Zalmai Wesa and a local NDS intelligence commander.  The gunman was working as a bodyguard when he opened fire after a meeting in the governor’s compound in Kandahar, Al Jazera reported.

“There was a meeting between the US top commander in Afghanistan Scot Miller and top government representatives in Kandahar. After that meeting, there was gunfire inside the governor’s compound,” Ahelbarra reported. “In that gunfire, the intelligence chief, top police commander and the governor were killed. Two Americans were injured.”

General Miller escaped unhurt but two other US citizens were injured, the BBC reported.  NATO spokesman Colonel Knut Peters said the wounded Americans had been evacuated.

“Initial reports indicate this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident,” Col Peters said. “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.

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