Bombing Targets Convoy of President

Sep 10, 2020

At approximately 0735 local time (0305 UTC) on 9 September 2020, a bombing targeted the convoy of Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh as it was passing through the Taimani area of Kabul’s Police District 4. According to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, the detonation of the explosives, which were planted in a cart on the roadside, sparked a fire that set ablaze several nearby shops. At least 10 people were killed and 31 others were wounded in the attack; Saleh — the country’s former intelligence chief and a staunch opponent of the Taliban — escaped with minor injuries. The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, which occurred amid expected resumption of dialogue between the insurgent group and the Afghan government. Islamic State, which also actively operates in Kabul, has not commented on the attack.

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