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Six killed in attempted assassination of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah

Published on Jun 6, 2014 8:47 PM
 
An Afghan policeman keeping watch at the site of bomb blasts in Kabul June 6, 2014. Mr Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people. The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah's convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard. Twenty-two people were injured. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL, June 6 (Reuters) - Mr Abdullah Abdullah, the front-runner in Afghanistan's presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people.

The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Mr Abdullah's convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard. Twenty-two people were injured.

Television images showed the charred remains of the car alongside shattered shop fronts in a densely populated western district of Kabul. "When I was leaving the rally from the People's Islamic Unity Party, our car was hit by a roadside bomb and destroyed," Mr Abdullah said at another rally soon afterwards.

Mr Abdullah, a former leader of the opposition to the Islamist Taleban, came first in the largely peaceful first round of the poll to replace President Hamid Karzai, winning 45 per cent of the vote.

 
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