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Presidential advisor survives suicide attack in Helmand

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Presidential advisor survives suicide attack in Helmand

Apr 24, 2016 - 15:21

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A presidential advisor survived a suicide bombing in southern Helmand province, but two people were killed and as many others wounded on Sunday, an official said.

Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place in Garmser district centre at around 1pm when a convoy of presidential advisor Saleh Mohammad Safari was passing through the area.

Safari escaped unhurt, but two people including a tribal elder were killed and as many others injured in the explosion, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility, he said.

Garmser district chief, Ayub Omar Omari, said Saleh Mohammad Safari was going to participate in a gathering at the district headquarters when the incident occurred.

The vehicle of tribal elder and district council member Abdul Wali Zabit was blown up, killing him along with another man. Two other individuals were wounded in the suicide attack, he added.

Omari quoted eyewitnesses as saying the suicide bomber entered the vehicle of the tribal elder and detonated his explosive vest.



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