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Bomb near Kabul airport leaves 10 dead or wounded, say officials

Bomb near Kabul airport leaves 10 dead or wounded, say officials”

"I, as the first vice president, consider peace with the Taliban more important than any other duty", he said, adding that he planned to meet with Ghani today.

The health ministry on Monday warned that the death toll from the airport attack, which left at least 107 people wounded, could rise.

Officials stated that the explosion happened close to the circle outside the airport's entrance before 5 pm, immediately after Dostum's convoy drove past.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terror group.

Hashmat Estankzai, of the Kabul police, told reporters that the suicide bomber had positioned himself outside the airport's gate.

Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek veteran of decades of Afghanistan's sometimes bloody politics, was unharmed and greeted cheering supporters at a rally in his office compound.

Ghani, under pressure from global donors to both restore stability and enforce his government's rule of law, arranged for Dostum to resume his role, regardless of the charges against him.

His return highlights divisions within the Afghan government that threaten to tear the country apart ahead of national parliamentary and presidential elections this fall and next spring.

Dostum left Afghanistan in May 2017 after he was accused of organising the rape and torture of a political rival.

It was stated that the Vice President went to Turkey to undergo "medical examinations and meetings with family", after which he was to return.

Gen Dostum's reappearance was preceded by unrest in his powerbase in northern Afghanistan, as supporters demanded his return and the release of a militia leader.

After pressure to act against Vice President Dostum was exerted by Western diplomats, President Ghani's government framed charges against the warlord a year ago.

Many see him as a through-and-through warlord who has learned to navigate political waters, though these opinions are highly controversial as is Gen. Dostum's return to Afghanistan.



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