Vice president survives attack on convoy
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban ambushed a convoy escorting the vice president of Afghanistan, killing at least one of his bodyguards, Afghan officials said Sunday. The vice president, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, survived.
Dostum, the leader of the Uzbek ethnic minority in Afghanistan and a bitter foe of the Taliban, had just returned to Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan, after a personal trip to Uzbekistan. On Saturday evening, he was traveling to his home province of Jowzjan when his convoy came under attack for about an hour in the village of Timorak, in Balkh.
The convoy pressed on to Jowzjan province, where it was again ambushed by the insurgents, according to Amanuddin, head of the local police in Timorak.
Amanuddin, who like many Afghans uses only one name, said the attackers had destroyed one of Dostum’s vehicles and killed three of his bodyguards.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack.