Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

  • Boko Haram kidnap Cameroon minister's wife in deadly attack

    Read more

  • France calls on its nationals to leave Libya as violence escalates

    Read more

  • Netanyahu says Hamas 'violating its own ceasefire'

    Read more

  • Muslims prepare for Eid al-Fitr festival

    Read more

  • ‘Irresponsible’ American dad tries to scale Mont Blanc with children

    Read more

  • Ukraine fighting prevents observers from accessing MH17 crash site

    Read more

  • In pictures: Crowds flock to enjoy the Tour de France show

    Read more

  • Video: At the scene of the Air Algérie crash in Mali

    Read more

  • Costa Concordia arrives in port of Genoa to be scrapped

    Read more

  • In pictures: Youths clash with police at banned Gaza protest

    Read more

  • Russia lashes out at new EU sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Bodies of all Air Algérie crash victims to be brought to France

    Read more

  • Syrian army and ISIS both claim advances

    Read more

  • Briton kidnapped in Yemen freed after five months

    Read more

  • Nibali rides serenely toward a place in Tour history

    Read more

  • Germany's Tony Martin wins 20th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • New round of Gaza ceasefire talks takes place in Paris

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Afghan interior minister escapes suicide bomb plot

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-10-23

Afghan police killed Sunday a would-be suicide bomber who was about to target the Afghan interior minister’s car in a convoy north of Kabul. The minister was not in his car during the shoot-out, having changed his travel plans at the last minute.

REUTERS - A suicide bomber targeted the Afghan interior minister’s car in a convoy north of Kabul on Sunday, the ministry said, but the minister was not in the vehicle at the time and the attacker was killed before he could detonate his explosives.

“A suicide bomber who targeted the interior minister’s convey today was killed by police, the minister was not in the convoy,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.

The minister had been planning to travel in the convoy, but changed his plans at the last minute and sent a deputy in his usual vehicle, Sediqqi told Reuters.

The spokesman for the governor of Parwan province, north of Kabul, had earlier said the minister was in the convoy and the attacker struck when he broke his journey to pray.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Roshan Khalid later said he was mistaken in saying the minister was present.

There has been a string of high-profile assassinations over the last year, including President Hamid Karzai’s powerful half-brother and his top peace envoy, a top police commander for the north, and the governor of Kunduz province.

The killings have underlined the insurgents’ reach even as a surge of foreign troops made gains in their southern heartlands, although NATO-led forces said Karzai’s killer had a personal grudge, and was not an insurgent sympathiser.
 

Date created : 2011-10-23

  • DIPLOMACY

    Clinton demands Pakistani action on militant havens

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Clinton in Kabul to affirm support for Afghan security

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Suicide bombers target northern Afghan province

    Read more

COMMENT(S)