Afghanistan's vice president narrowly escapes death in Taliban attack

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Publish Date: 9:47 - 31 March 2019
TEHRAN, Mar30-Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unhurt from an attack by Taliban militants but one of his bodyguards has been killed in the assault.

Afghanistan's vice president narrowly escapes death in Taliban attackTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Afghanistan's Tolo News quoted Kanishka Turkistani, a close aide to Dostum, as saying on Saturday that Taliban militants ambushed the vice president's convoy “few times” on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in Balkh province where Dostum had held a rally earlier in the day, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.

According to sources, the hour-long attack left several others, including two other bodyguards, in the convoy wounded.  

Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmad Tayenj, spokesman for Dostum's Junbish Party, also said that the vice president was aware of a planned attack but decided to travel anyway.

In a post on Twitter, a Taliban spokesman said the militant group had carried out the attack and claimed four of Dostum's bodyguards had been killed.

At the rally in Balkh, Dostum said that he could clear northern Afghanistan of the Taliban within six months if only the government would let him.

Dostum survived death for the second time since returning from exile last year.

In July 2018, 23 people were killed and at least 14 others injured in a bombing carried out at Kabul's airport, where scores had gathered to welcome home the Afghan vice president from exile.

Source: Press TV

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