Afghan vice president Dostum narrowly escapes Taliban attack

Afghanistan attack

March 31: Afghanistan’s Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unhurt from a Taliban attack that killed one of his bodyguards.

Enayatullah Babur, Dostum’s former chief of staff, said the hour-long attack also left several others in the convoy wounded.

The attack occurred in the northern province of Balkh, where Dostum had held a rally earlier in the day.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt. In a tweet, Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, said four guards were killed and six wounded in the attack.

Dodging death for the second time, Dostum has joined the election team of Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who is one of contenders in a presidential election to be held on Sept. 28.

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