Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh escaped an assassination attempt in the capital, Kabul. „A car bomb exploded on the street that the Vice President drove past,“ Saleh’s advisor Homajun Ahmadi told the dpa today. He was not injured, but several bodyguards were.
At least ten people were killed in the bomb attack on his car, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health announced.
The attack occurred before the planned start of peace talks within Afghanistan, which are to be held in Qatar. There is still no date for talks between the Islamist Taliban and the government.
Politicians, activists and religious representatives have been targeted or killed in recent months. Experts see this as an attempt to intimidate and weaken Afghan civil society before the planned peace negotiations. The masterminds behind the targeted attacks usually remain hidden.