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The Latest: Pakistan Closes Afghanistan Border Crossings



KABUL, Afghanistan – The latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections (all local time):

11:50

Pakistan's two official English: www.germnews.com. DE / archive / dn / 1995/11 / 27.html The border crossing with Afghanistan closed for two days at the request of the government in Kabul and worried about the security situation in the parliamentary elections this weekend.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister said the crossings on Friday and Saturday are closed Day of elections in Afghanistan – "for all types of traffic except emergencies."

One of the crossings is in Chaman, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders the Afghan province of Kandahar, where the powerful head of the province was murdered on Thursday in Afghanistan, a bold attack by the Taliban. The other intersection is in Torkham in northwest Pakistan.

Afghanistan and the US routinely accused Pakistan of hosting Taliban insurgents, an indictment that Islamabad denies. Following the attack on Thursday, some Afghan officials scolded Pakistan and accused its military and intelligence services of inciting Afghans to violent attacks on government officials. Islamabad had condemned the Kandahar attack immediately

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11:30

Afghans are preparing for the funeral for Kandahar's powerful police chief, who was murdered when one of his elite guards aimed his weapon at the official and killed him Abdul Raziq's funeral will take place on Friday in Kandahar's most sacred shrine, the Kherqa Mubarak Shrine, instead of The Prophet Mohammad, an indication of the stature of the chief of police ,

During the attack on Thursday, Kandahar's intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin was also killed, but the state governor of the province, Zalmay Wesa, who was wounded in the attack, is shrouded in mystery. Some reports say that Wesa was transferred to a NATO hospital outside of Kandahar.

An official at the Kandahar Hospital says two Afghan policemen have been killed and three injured in the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk to reporters.

-Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan;

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10:10

Afghanistan is staggering after the Taliban were assassinated by two senior officials in Kandahar province, including their powerful police chief. The US Supreme Commander, who attended the high-level meeting on which the attack took place, was intact.

Thursday's meeting on security plans for the Afghan parliamentary elections this weekend was just over when an Afghan elite guard aimed his weapon at his colleagues. Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq and provincial intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin were killed. Three Americans – a US service member, a coalition partner and an American civilian – were injured.

A Taliban spokesman said the country's top US commander, General Scott Miller, was the target.

The attack, more than 17 years after the fall of the Taliban, underlines the appalling insecurity in Afghanistan before the elections.

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