>> General Abdul Razaq, one of Afghanistan's most powerful and feared police chiefs was assassinated just moments after meeting the U.S.' top commander in the country on Thursday. Pictured speaking here last year, Razaq was shot by a bodyguard at the compound of the governor of Kandahar. General Scott Miller was unharmed in the attack.
Which also killed the governor and a local intelligence commander. The Taliban who claimed responsibility for the attacks say they were targeting General Miller and General Razaq. Local officials say Miller, who took over US forces in the country last month, was saved by his body armor. Razaq was a ruthless opponent of the Taliban and had been criticized by human rights groups, but lauded by US officers.
The assassinations come just two days before parliamentary elections in the country, which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt.