Afghan vice-president unhurt in Kabul airport blast which killed 14

Blanche Robertson
July 24, 2018

Afghanistan's first vice-president has escaped unharmed from an explosion near the airport as he returned home after living in Turkey for more than a year.

The death toll from a suicide attack near Kabul worldwide airport has risen to 23, the health ministry said Monday, with an AFP driver among the dead.

Since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, a resurgent Taliban has stepped up its attacks across the country and an Islamic State affiliate has also emerged to launch horrific high-profile attacks that have claimed the lives of scores of civilians.

The incident underlined the increasingly volatile and unstable political climate in Kabul ahead of parliamentary elections in October that are seen as a dry run for more-important presidential elections early next year.

Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the Afghan capital that claimed 14 lives and injured over 60 people.

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Dostum had been undergoing medical treatment in Turkey, was now well, and would resume work, presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said.

A deputy government spokesman told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan on July 21 that "legal matters will be pursued according to the law".

"The judiciary in Afghanistan is an independent body and will carry out its duties and responsibilities as it deems appropriate", said an official.

Dostum is a controversial figure who has been accused of serious human rights violations, including the deaths of hundreds of Taliban prisoners in 2001 in the custody of his militia forces.

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