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OTTAWA—On Oct. 18, there was a brazen attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. General Abdul Raziq Achakzai, the provincial police chief, and local Afghan intelligence commander Gen. Abdul Momin were gunned down in cold blood by a Taliban extremist. Kandahar Governor Zalmai Wesa was badly wounded in the attack. U.S. General Austin Scott Miller, the top American commander in Afghanistan, managed to survive unscathed. The Taliban assailant had posed as a police official in order to

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Kandahar police chief’s brazen killing another sign of Afghanistan’s crumbling security

By Scott Taylor      

Gen. Abdul Raziq’s own guards could not protect him from being gunned down in broad daylight by the Taliban inside the governor’s heavily protected compound.

Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar’s provincial police chief, pictured in 2012, was gunned down by a Taliban fighter on Oct. 18. Tech. Sgt. Renee Crisostomo photograph courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
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