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Top Afghan police chief killed in shooting, US general unhurt

KANDAHAR: Gen. Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan’s most powerful security officials, was killed on Thursday when a bodyguard opened fire following a meeting in the governor’s compound in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said. Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with Razeq only moments earlier, was not injured in the attack. But the local commander of the NDS intelligence service and the Kandahar provincial governor Zalmay Wesa were also killed. The Taliban…

Foreign soldiers wounded, civilians killed in suicide attack in Afghanistan

KABUL: A suicide bomber killed two Afghan civilians and wounded at least three foreign soldiers and two other civilians in an attack near the largest US military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, government officials said. Mohammad Mahfouz Walizada, police chief of Parwan province where the Bagram military base is located, said a suicide bomber on foot targeted foreign forces while they were on patrol. The soldiers' nationality was not immediately known. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a…

Women candidates face ‘small-scale war’ in Afghan election

KABUL: More female candidates than ever are set to contest Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary election, braving violence and opposition from social conservatives in a campaign seen as a test of the war-torn nation’s democratic institutions. “Elections in my country are not just about victory or defeat,” said Dewa Niazai, a 26 year-old candidate from the eastern province of Nangarhar, who holds a degree in computer science from India. “It is about launching a small-scale war. I can get killed, injured or abducted.”…

Afghans vote again in final test as Taliban threats loom

KABUL: Afghans headed back to the polls on Saturday for a second round of voting to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. The vote pits former anti-Taliban fighter Abdullah Abdullah against ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after neither secured the 50 percent majority needed to win outright in the first round on April 5. Voters were not put off by a couple of rockets landing in the capital…