The Telegraph
Saturday , June 7 , 2014
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Afghan candidate escapes raid

Kabul, June 6: Eight days before Afghans are to vote for a new President, a suicide bombing took aim today at a leading candidate in what appeared to be the first direct attack on a presidential contender since campaigning began in January.

The candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, escaped unharmed but initial reports indicated that at least four persons were killed.

The attack took place shortly after noon as Abdullah was travelling between campaign events at hotels in Kabul, said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the interior ministry. The police were still trying to figure out exactly what happened, but it appeared that there were at least two blasts in close succession aimed at Abdullah’s convoy.