Gen. Austin Scott Miller, Commander of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan, says he was not the target in Thursday’s attack in Kandahar – which led to the death of two senior Afghans security officials.
The attack happened after a meeting between the US general and top Kandahar officials including governor Zalmai Wesa and Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq. Raziq was killed in the incident.
Talking to TOLOnews on Friday, Miller said “what happened in Kandahar was an attack on the security forces”.
“My assessment is that I was not the target. It was a very close confined space. But I don’t assess that I was the target,” he said.
The American general said he had visited Kandahar residents before the attack and that they showed their desire for peace and unity.
“Prior to the attack down in Kandahar, we were talking to the Kandahar people, and the messages we had from the Kandahar people were unity, and peace, and confidence in the security forces, very specifically in preparation for the upcoming elections, the confidence in the security forces and our support as required,” he said.
He said that US and NATO forces will continue to support their Afghan counterparts.
“We will continue our support. My message to the people of Afghanistan has been very consistent: you have every right to be proud of your security forces and the preparations that made for this election despite this unfortunate event, tragic event down in Kandahar,” he said.
Referring to US Defense Secretary James Mattis’s remarks on the Kandahar attack, he said their commitments to Afghanistan are the same.
According to him, two Americans were wounded in the Thursday attack but no details have yet been released.
The attack in Kandahar left the provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and the provincial NDS chief Gen. Momin Hassankhail dead and two other senior officials wounded.