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Gen. Raziq’s killer appointed under fake name, guarantee

Gen. Raziq’s killer appointed under fake name, guarantee

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Oct 22, 2018 - 20:01

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Spymaster Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai said on Monday the killer of Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq had been appointed as the governor’s security guard with fake National ID card and personal guarantee.

Gen. Raziq and provincial National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief Abdul Momin Hussainkhel were killed in the gun attack that left some other officials including Governor Zalmai Wesa wounded on Thursday after a high level security meeting at the governor’s house.

NDS chief Masoum Stanekzai appeared in a press conferee in the governor’s house in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province. He was flanked by top security officials and provincial authorities.

The spymaster said 30 minutes after the unfortunate incident on Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani ordered an emergency meeting and directed security organs to send a high-level delegation to Kandahar for investigating the incident from all aspects.

He added the investigating team was laced with modern technical equipment and they conducted investigation from all aspects.

Stanekzai said the investigation team firstly took pictures from the scene to khow which weapons were used and from which direction the attack happened.

Secondly, the investigators checked security cameras’ memory in which all the events had been recorded.

He rejected rumors on social media that security cameras memory had been seized by foreign forces.

The NDS chief said the person who managed to get recruited the killer as a governor’s guard was himself one of the governor’s guards.

He said the killer talked over the phone with his handler across the border in Pakistaninfo-icon for two and a half minutes just 15 minutes before the attack. He said 15 suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack and they were being interrogated.

Stanekzai said recruitment of security personnel for sensitive places should not be based on personal connections, but such individuals should be highly professional and well trained.

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