The sur­vivor

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Dr. Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah es­caped un­hurt from an at­tack car­ried out by the Tal­iban on his con­voy. Dr. Ab­dul­lah was re­turn­ing to Kabul from an elec­tion meet­ing in Jalal­abad. Tal­iban mil­i­tants in Afghanistan im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, claim­ing that three se­cu­rity guards of Dr. Ab­dul­lah were killed and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured fol­low­ing the at­tack.

In the past, un­known gun­men had car­ried out at least two at­tacks against the cam­paign­ers of Dr. Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah in western Herat and north­ern Sare-Pul prov­inces of Afghanistan. Ear­lier in Fe­bru­ary, two mem­bers of Dr. Ab­dul­lah’s cam­paign team were killed in an at­tack in western prov­ince of Herat.

The United States em­bassy in Kabul con­demned the at­tack, say­ing that vi­o­lence has no place in Afghanistan’s de­vel­op­ing democ­racy. “We com­mend the Afghan people for their com­mit­ment to a peace­ful tran­si­tion of power in the up­com­ing elec­tion and we re­it­er­ate our sup­port for a sta­ble, pros­per­ous and uni­fied Afghanistan,” a U.S. state­ment said.

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