Bomb blast targets Afghan official

June 22, 2014 - 7:20:29 am
Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack in western part of Kabul yesterday.

KABUL:  A suicide bomber in western Kabul targeted top High Peace Council adviser Mohammad Massom Stanikzai yesterday, police said, killing one civilian and injuring several others.

Stanikzai escaped unharmed, but a black armoured car was damaged in the bombing, according to a witness. The incident was under investigation according to police.

Several protests in Kabul are planned to take place later yesterday in support of presidential candidate and front-runner Abdullah Abdullah’s decision to drop out of the race over allegations of mass fraud.

He has called for the electoral bodies to halt counting votes and suggested the United Nations intervene.

The move imperilled Afghanistan’s political transition at a critical time, as most foreign troops will leave by the end of 2014 after 13 years of war.

REUTERS

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