The UN Security Council has condemned several recent attacks in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections.
On Thursday, an elite guard attacked a delegation leaving a high-level meeting on security plans for the elections. The gunman killed the powerful Kandahar police chief and at least one other senior Afghan official but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. The Taliban claimed the attack and said Miller was the target.
The Security Council's statement issued late Thursday from U.N. headquarters said the members underscored the importance of security for elections and that violence or threats intended to disrupt the elections were unacceptable.
Afghan officials say three top Kandahar province officials have been killed by their own guards in an attack at a security meeting that also wounded three Americans.
A Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility for the attack tells The Associated Press that U.S. Gen. Scott Miller, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, was the target. NATO officials say Miller escaped unharmed.
Kandahar's deputy provincial governor Agha Lala Dastageri said powerful provincial police chief Abdul Razik and the province's intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin died immediately in the attack and provincial governor Zalmay Wesa died of his injuries at a hospital.
Three Americans — a service member and two civilian workers — were wounded in the shooting, said U.S. Col. Knut Peters, a spokesman for NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi took responsibility for the attack. He too said all three officials were killed.
The security meeting inside the sprawling provincial governor's residence was being held ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections.