Afghan officials say three top Kandahar province officials have been killed by their own guards in an attack at a security meeting that also wounded three Americans. "I think it's too early to say whether it will have any real effect on the upcoming election".
Gen. Scott Miller, the top US commander in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with Razeq only moments earlier, was not injured in the attack.
According to reports, Provincial Governor Zalmai Weesa was also killed in the attack; however, Afghan Interior Ministry has said that he was wounded and is being treated in a hospital.
In a brief televised message, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he had dispatched his intelligence chief and other senior officials to Kandahar to investigate the shootings.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yusuf Ahmadi, said in an email to journalists that the group carried out the attack and that its "main target" was Miller.
The Taliban have threatened the polls and warned teachers and students not to participate in the vote and not to allow schools to be used as polling centers. Another witness said the city was "full of military forces".
The attack came as the country was preparing for long-delayed elections for Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the Afghan Parliament, slated for Saturday, with more than 2,500 candidates vying for the chamber's 249 seats.
Wednesday's blast follows the deaths of 22 people last week in an explosion at an election rally for a woman candidate in the northeastern province of Takhar.
A Taliban suicide bomber has targeted a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy near the Afghan capital, killing two civilians and injuring five Czech troops. "Wish to see Afghan and other security forces succeeding to bring an end to this prolonged violence in Afghanistan". So far this year, eight US soldiers and three other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation service members have died in Afghanistan.
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