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Kabul police chief steps down

Kabul's police chief resigned in the wake of several high-profile Taliban attacks targeting foreigners in the Afghan capital.

Police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanakzai confirmed that Gen. Mohammad Zahir's resignation was accepted by the Interior Ministry on Sunday.  General Abdul Rahman Rahimi, former Balkh province is announced his successor.

Zahir was the target of an attempted suicide attack on Nov. 9, when a militant snuck into Kabul police headquarters and blew himself up just outside of Zahir’s third-floor office.

That attack was the first of many launched by the Taliban across Kabul. Zahir’s resignation came on the same day that Afghan police confirmed that three foreigners were killed Saturday during an attack on a compound in the western part of the city.

The head of an international aid organization, his son and daughter, and an Afghan employee of the aid group were among the dead, Zahir told reporters on Sunday, shortly before announcing his resignation. Local news reports claimed the victims were South African nationals. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said group carried out the attack.