Afghanistan’s VP Saleh survives Kabul blast, at least 10 killed

Baku, September 9, AZERTAC

Tariq Arian, Interior Ministry spokesman, confirmed 10 were killed and 16 were wounded in the Kabul blast targeting the convoy of First VP of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh, according to TOLOnews.

The explosives were placed in a cart and were detonated when Saleh's convoy passed by, Arian said.

According to Saleh’s office the target was Saleh’s convoy, but Saleh survived the attack although some of his staff and bodyguards were wounded.

Three in Saleh's convoy, including bodyguards, were wounded in the blast, said Rezwan Murad, head of public relations for the vice president's office. Saleh was not hurt in the blast, he said.

Ebad Saleh, VP Saleh’s son, tweeted that he was with his father when the blast hit their convoy and said: “I assure you he’s fine and everybody is fine, no martyrs from us just yet.”

Saleh in a video message confirmed that his convoy was attacked, that his security guards were injured, and that he has minor wounds on his hand and face.

Saleh apologized for the harm done to bystanders in toay’s attack on his convoy.

A source told TOLOnews that three vehicles belonging to Saleh’s security guards were passing the area when the blast occurred.

According to sources earlier, three people were killed and 12 others, including two of Saleh’s guards, were wounded in the blast.

The Ministry of Interior earlier confirmed two were killed and 12 were wounded in the blast.

The Taliban issued a statement denying involvement in the blast.

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