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New details of top US general's close call in Afghanistan insider attack



New details show how close the top general in Afghanistan what to Thursday's violent insider attack in Kandahar that killed two senior Afghan security officials and wounded the province's governor. Gene. Austin Scott Miller told The Afghan officials said they would not be able to secure their peace of mind.

The attack killed Gen. Abdul Raziq, the well-known police chief in Kandahar, and Gen. Abdul Mohmin, the top intelligence official in the province. Kandahar's governor Zalmai Wessa was wounded along with others, including an American service member and an American civilian employee.

On Friday, Miller told the Tolo News Agency that "what happened in Kandahar was attack on the security forces."

"My assessment is that I'm not the target," Miller said. "It's a very close confined space. But I do not assess that I was the target. "

Miller had an interview with the top civilian and military officials at Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.
Dave Butler, a spokesman for Resolute Support,

Miller and his staff,

Miller and his staff were assigned to the Air Force NATO training mission in Afghanistan.

Miller's helicopter, when he said he was killed in an automatic weapon.

Butler is concerned that Miller was not in the shooter's line of fire and firing at the Afghan officials.

The gunman was shot immediately. "It's over in seconds," said Butler.

Miller, like the other U.S. personnel around him, pulled out his hand, which is standard practice in such a situation.

"When there's a threat, we want to draw our weapons," said Butler. "That's what we're trained to do and Gen. Miller is no exception."

What followed a combination of U.S. and Afghan forces securing the area and tending to the wounded.

Miller had some of the wounded aboard his helicopter so they could quickly receive medical treatment.

On Friday, in a hospital interview with Afghan reporters Wessa said his health was improving.

The attack led to a one-week postponement of parliamentary elections in Kandahar that were scheduled for Saturday.

A day after the attack in Kandahar, Miller was seized on the streets of Kabul. Afghan security personnel ahead of Saturday's key parliamentary elections.

Butler said Miller's visit to Afghan forces was intended to "provide some confidence to the Afghan people and security forces."

Miller expressed confidence that with US. and NATO support Afghan security forces do a good job of providing security for Saturday's election in the rest of the country.

"We want to continue our support." "The message has been sent to you." Kandahar, "he said.


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