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Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh targeted in Kabul

By Suvan Bose

Two days after Afghanistan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh lifted the matter of Durand Line and spoke regarding Peshawar as the summer capital of Islamic Republic, the former intelligence chief was the target of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) assault in Kabul that left three of his bodyguards injured, several bystanders killed or injured in the explosion.

The device was implanted below a culvert through which Saleh’s cavalcade was passing en-route to the Vice President’s office. The IED was so devastating that gas cylinders in neighbouring shops exploded due to collision. There are unconfirmed reports in the attack that 15 people were killed and 50 others were injured. Saleh is safe, reports confirmed by intelligence.

In a video message released following the attack, Saleh told that the attack took place at 7.30 am when he was on his way to work. The site where the suicide attack has taken place was narrow, he said, appreciating the quick action of the security men present there. Saleh, a former intelligence chief, has endured various assassination attempts, along with one on his office last year that killed 20 people.

According to diplomats based in Kabul and New Delhi, the needle of the doubt for the attack on Saleh is in the direction of the Haqqani network as the Zadran tribe, which is associated to the global terrorist group, has a grip on Kabul city with the agents of attack this morning situated in Pakistan.

While the choice of the US to withdraw after almost two decades of active participation in Afghanistan is well respected all around, its decision to impose the Taliban on the political and constitutional system by autarchic moves which are necessary to be honoured and supported by Kabul is causing much concern all around the region.

An Event such as these once again carry to fore that contradictory to their public protestations, nor the outfit nor its sponsors-in-uniform in Pakistan are in the mood for any support.

The Taliban have not sent their assignment to Qatar for talks, they are pursuing the release of Haji Bashir Noorzai, an Afghan drug lord who was apprehended in 2005. Eager to make the Taliban sit with the Afghanistan’s government, the US is looking to amuse this request to release Noorzai and other Taliban captives in Guantanamo Bay.

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