Asia World

Wed 09 September 2020:

At least four people were killed and a dozen more wounded in an explosion targeting the convoy of Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh in central Kabul early Wednesday, officials said.

Saleh, who is the senior of Afghanistan’s two vice presidents, was not harmed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes just ahead of long-awaited peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatari capital Doha.

A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning, his spokesman said, but he escaped the attack unharmed.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told AFP based on initial reports two people had been killed and another 12 wounded in the blast.

“Today, once again the enemy of Afghanistan tried to harm Saleh, but they failed to get to their evil aim, and Saleh escaped the attack unharmed,” Razwan Murad, a spokesman for Saleh’s office, wrote on Facebook.

He told Reuters the bomb targeted Saleh’s convoy and some of his bodyguards were injured.

Saleh, a former intelligence chief, has survived several assassination attempts, including one on his office last year that killed 20 people.

Officials and diplomats have warned that rising violence is sapping trust needed for the success of talks aimed at ending an armed rebellion that began when the Taliban was removed from power in a US-led invasion in late 2001.


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