Afghan officials: Vice president escapes Taliban ambush

Sultan Faizy, who is Dostum's spokesman, says the ambush happened on Friday afternoon in northern Faryab province as the convoy was driving through Qaysar district.

By: AP | Kabul | Published: August 21, 2015 8:49:54 pm
In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, photo, Afghan security personal inspect at the site of a suicide car bomber has targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. While leaders of the Afghan Taliban meet to resolve the leadership turmoil that has engulfed the group since their one-eyed leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was revealed to be dead, Afghanistan’s relationship with Pakistan is deteriorating at a dangerous juncture in the war, with the neighboring countries trading blame for stoking tensions and President Ashraf Ghani accusing Islamabad of sponsoring the insurgency now nearing its 14th year with almost 5,000 civilian deaths so far this year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, photo, Afghan security personal inspect at the site of a suicide car bomber has targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan officials say the Taliban ambushed the convoy of First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum but that he escaped the attack unharmed.

Sultan Faizy, who is Dostum’s spokesman, says the ambush happened on Friday afternoon in northern Faryab province as the convoy was driving through Qaysar district.

Faizy says Dostum’s men returned fire, killing eight of the attackers. Another 13 were arrested.

Provincial police chief Massoud Yaqubi says that one of the killed insurgents was of Uzbek nationality.

Dostum is a former warlord with a strong following among Afghanistan’s Uzbek ethnic minority. He has been fighting the Taliban in his northern stronghold in recent weeks.

Afghan authorities say Taliban insurgents have linked up with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to strengthen their campaign across the previously peaceful province.

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