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Afghan airport blast: VP Gen Dostum unharmed as Kabul bomb kills ELEVEN

Afghan airport blast: VP Gen Dostum unharmed as Kabul bomb kills ELEVEN
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Afghan residents walk past a banner with the image of self-exiled Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum Symbol copyright AFP Image caption Gen Dostum on banners. His go back is also linked to the election subsequent year

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport in a while after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum again from self-imposed exile.

The inside ministry stated ELEVEN people had been killed in a square that Gen Dostum had just gone through. He used to be unhurt.

The ethnic Uzbek and previous warlord used to be cheered by means of supporters on arrival.

He left for Turkey greater than a year ago, accused of ordering his males to kidnap and rape a political rival, accusations he denies.

Hashmat Estankzai, of Kabul police, advised the BBC a suicide attacker on foot had result in his explosives outside the gate of the airport.

Symbol copyright AFP Symbol caption Casualties are evacuated after the blast out of doors the airport gate

Tv photos confirmed Gen Dostum greeting supporters at his workplace no longer lengthy after the explosion.

Former ally’s allegations

Gen Dostum’s reappearance used to be preceded via unrest in his powerbase in northern Afghanistan, as supporters demanded his return and the discharge of a military leader.

Analysts consider President Ashraf Ghani sanctioned the return of Gen Dostum to take a look at to shore up beef up ahead of the presidential election subsequent yr.

Gen Dostum helped the u.s. oust the Taleban in 2001 however has been blamed for a few of the worst atrocities within the country’s lengthy-operating civil war.

He joined its national solidarity government in 2014.

Ahmad Eshchi, a former ally, mentioned he had suffered days of critical beatings and sexual abuse at Gen Dostum’s command.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ahmad Eshchi showed journalists an harm on his leg remaining yr

He said the vice-president and 10 other males assaulted him at the same time as he was once forcibly saved at Gen Dostum’s residence in November 2016.

The ex-warlord denies the claims and has said that Mr Eshchi was once detained by means of Afghanistan’s intelligence service.

Gen Dostum’s spokesman said he went to Turkey simply for a medical take a look at-up.