Afghan presidential candidate survives Kabul bombs

Afghan presidential candidate survives Kabul bombs

Afghan presidential candidate survives Kabul bombs

Written by Ranee Mohamed

07 Jun, 2014 | 7:32 am

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul.

Police told the BBC that six people were killed – including one of Mr Abdullah’s body guards – and at least 22 injured when two blasts hit a rally.

He appeared live on television to reassure his supporters that he was unharmed in the attack.

The run-off round of the presidential election takes place next week.

No group has said it carried out the attack but the Taliban have repeatedly threatened to target the poll campaign.

The first blast was detonated by a suicide bomber in a car, a Kabul police spokesman told the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary.

The spokesman said the second explosion was probably caused by what he described as a “sticky bomb” but our correspondent says details about it are still unclear.

The dead and injured include policemen and civilians.

Correspondents say that this appears to be the first attack on a presidential candidate since the campaign began.

Both the two presidential candidates are holding several rallies daily in Kabul and across Afghanistan.

BBC

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