Afghan elections put back after police chief's killing

Oct 19, 2018, 6:21 AM EDT
Gen Abdul Raziq (second from right) was a fierce opponent of the Taliban.
(Source: NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/flickr)

The parliamentary elections in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar have been postponed for a week after a powerful local police commander, Gen Abdul Raziq, was assassinated by his bodyguard on Thursday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which local intelligence head was also killed while U.S. commander Gen Scott Miller narrowly escaped unhurt, notes the BBC.

The government decided to put back Saturday’s provincial election despite apprehensions that such a move would mark a major victory for the Taliban, which has urged the voters to boycott the polls, notes Reuters. The attack is a reminder of how fragile the security situation remains in Afghanistan, a country reeling under 17 years of war.