Afghanistan vice president escapes second assassination attack

Afghan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum escaped death second time in about a year after returning from exile in Turkey over allegations of abusing and torturing political rival.

His convoy was ambushed on Saturday on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif to Jawzjan in northern part of the country.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in which Dostum escaped unhurt. One of his boydguards was killed in it and two others were injured.

The terror group tweeted four bodyguards were killed and six others were injured in the attack that lasted for about an hour in Balkh Province.

Spokesman of his Junbish Party, Bashir Ahmad Tayenj, said the vice president was aware of a planned attack and yet decided to travel. About eight months before he avoided injury at Kabul airport in a suicide bombing. Islamic State claimed responsibility of the bombing and more than a dozen people were killed.

Dostum was in self-imposed exile for more than a year. He was forced to leave Afghanistan from Western donors including United States.

He helped US in 2001 to thrw away the Taliban group.

Returning back he still is a significant figure in Afghanistan politics. His party is mainly being supported by Uzbeks. It is believed his return has been sanctioned by President Ashraf Ghani to shore up support among Uzbeks.

The country is to into presidential polls on September 28 and he is one of the contenders.

Paul Linus