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Afghan VP Escapes from a Deadly Targeted Bomb Attack in Kabul; At least 10 Killed

A road side bombing in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, that targeted First Vice President Amrullah Saleh have killed at least 10 people and injured many including the security guards of VP, the Interior Minisrry said.

Tareq Arain, a spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry, said the explosion targeted Mr Saleh's convoy as he travelled to work. He said 10 civilians who worked in the area were killed and 15 people, including one of Mr Saleh's bodyguards, were wounded.

Mr Saleh, a former Afghan intelligence services head, escaped with slight burns on his face and hand, he said. Footage filmed shortly after the explosion showed a large plume of black smoke rising from the scene.

Wednesday's attack comes as Afghan negotiations and the Taliban are expected to begin peace talks soon in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Mr Saleh is known as a vocal opponent of the Taliban, and the former intelligence chief has survived several previous assassination attempts, including one last year that killed 20 people at his office.

Saleh said in his first television appearance immediately after the attack that he was fine and had suffered only slight burns. He appeared on television with bandages wrapped around one hand.

Abdullah, a shopkeeper who gave only one name, told AFP that the blast had blown out his windows. "A shop that sold gas cylinders also caught fire, causing the cylinders to blow up," he said. 

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that the militant group was not involved in the blast.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who met Mr Saleh soon after, condemned the attack.

"The terrorists and their foreign backers cannot undermine the people's strong faith in peace, democracy and the bright future of our country," Mr Ghani said in a statement.

A European Union delegation in Afghanistan condemned the attack, calling it a "desperate act by spoilers of peace efforts, who must be collectively confronted".

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