Afghan VP Escapes Blast in Kabul 07/22 10:49
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first vice president, a former
Uzbek warlord, escaped unharmed from an explosion near the airport as he
returned home on Sunday after living in Turkey for over a year, according to
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said a suicide bomber
carried out the attack near Kabul International Airport shortly after the
convoy of the country's controversial first vice president had left the airport.
Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and his entourage were unharmed, said Danish. He
added that authorities were still determining if there were any casualties.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but both the
Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in the Afghan capital.
Dostum had been undergoing medical treatment in Turkey, and is now well and
ready to resume work, said presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri.
Dostum left Afghanistan in 2017 after the attorney-general's office launched
an investigation into allegations that his followers had tortured and sexually
abused a former ally turned political rival. He has since reportedly been
barred by the government from returning to Afghanistan.
It was not immediately clear whether Dostum will now face any charges.
"The judiciary in Afghanistan is an independent body and will carry out its
duties and responsibilities as it deems appropriate," said an official,
speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on
Dostum, accused of war crimes committed after the fall of the Taliban
government in 2001, has also been criticized by the United States for human