Roadside bomb attack in Kabul misses Afghan vice president, but kills four

Updated 10 Sep 2020

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Afghan men carry an injured person to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday. — Reuters
Afghan men carry an injured person to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday. — Reuters

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

The blast killed at least four people and wounded 16, a health ministry spokesman said, including some of Saleh's bodyguards.

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 Qatar’s capital of Doha.

“Today, once again the enemy of Afghanistan tried to harm Saleh, but they failed in 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 insurgency that began when the Taliban was ousted from power in Kabul by US-back forces in late 2001.

Pakistan condemns terrorist attack

Meanwhile, Pakistan "strongly condemns the terrorist attack" on Saleh's convoy.

"It is a matter of relief that First VP remained unharmed," the Foreign Office said in a tweet.

"We extend heartfelt sympathies and condolences to bereaved families and pray for swift recovery of those wounded," it added.