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Prominent cabinet minister escapes bomb attack

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-27

A car bomb targeting Ismail Khan, Afghanistan’s energy minister and a prominent political figure, in the western city of Herat Sunday killed at least three people, according to police officials. Khan was not hurt in the attack.

REUTERS - A roadside bomb targeting an Afghan cabinet minister exploded in the western city of Herat on Sunday, killing at least three people, officials said.


Energy and Water Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan, a prominent anti-Taliban commander, was not hurt, police said.


The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Khan, a key member of the Northern Alliance whose forces helped U.S. forces in toppling the Taliban in 2001.


"The target was Ismail Khan," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.


The explosion occurred outside a school in Herat, killing three people and wounding 16, residents and a doctor said.


Police in Kabul said Khan survived the attack unscathed.


"He was on his way to Kabul and is fine," a police source in Kabul said. "But civilians have been killed."

 

Date created : 2009-09-27

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