Abdul Raziq Achakzai

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Abdul Raziq Achakzai
عبدالرازق اچکزی
Birth nameAbdul Raziq
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
DiedOctober 18, 2018 (aged 39)
Kandahar City, Afghanistan[1]
Allegiance Afghanistan
Service/branchAfghanistan Border Police
Years of service2002–2018
RankLieutenant general
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan 

General Abdul Raziq Achakzai (جنرال عبدالرازق اچکزی‎), (1979 – October 18, 2018) was an officer in the Afghan National Police. He was born in Kandahar Province of Afghanistan and was a member of Pashtun people.[2]

In November 2001 Raziq joined anti-Taliban forces, under Fayda Mohammad and Gul Agha Sherzai, which overthrew the Taliban in Kandahar. In 2001, he rose to command the Afghanistan Border Police on Afghanistan's border between Kandahar and Pakistan's Balochistan Province.[3]

Achakzai was alleged to have committed numerous human right violations including extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and torture in the Kandahar province.[4]

He was killed by a gunman who opened fire on security officials as they were leaving a meeting in Kandahar on October 18, 2018, aged 39.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kandahar Police Chief Raziq Killed In Attack | TOLOnews". TOLOnews. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  2. "General Abdul Raziq biography". Associated Press. 29 Jun 2015.
  3. Aikins, Matthieu. "Our Man in Kandahar". The Atlantic. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. "Afghanistan officials sanctioned murder, torture and rape, says report". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. Salahuddin, Sayed; Constable, Pamela (October 18, 2018). "U.S. commander in Afghanistan survives deadly attack at governor's compound that kills top Afghan police general". The Washington Post. Among those killed in the attack inside the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar province was the region’s top police general, Abdul Raziq, who was seen as the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan.