Vice pres­i­dent sur­vives at­tack on con­voy

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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.

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