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.