In Afghanistan, a convoy of Vice President Amrullah Saleh was involved in a suicide attack. At least two people died, the politician himself unharmed.
Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh escaped a bomb attack in the capital, Kabul. At least two people have died and 12 others are injured, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.
“A car bomb exploded on the street where the vice president was driving,” said Saleh’s adviser Homajun Ahmadi. He was not injured, but several bodyguards were. A cloud of smoke was visible even miles from the site of the attack. “This terrorist attack has failed and Saleh is safe and sound,” said Vice President Raswan Murad spokesman. An employee of Saleh, who did not want his name to be revealed, told AFP news agency that a suicide bomber blew himself up near the convoy when the vice president tried to drive from his home to his office.
Saleh is a harsh critic of the radical Islamic Taliban. He survived an attack for the presidential election last year. At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured when a suicide bomber and other gunmen attacked Saleh’s office in Kabul. The attack took place before the scheduled start of peace talks in Afghanistan, which will take place in Qatar. There is no date yet for talks between the Islamist Taliban and the government.
Politicians, activists and religious representatives have been targeted or murdered in recent months. Experts see this as an attempt to intimidate and weaken Afghan civil society ahead of the planned peace negotiations. The masterminds behind the targeted attacks usually remain hidden.