Attackers ambushed Dostum’s convoy on the way in which from Mazar-i-Sharif, a metropolis in Balkh province, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan, mentioned Bashir Ahmad Tayenj, spokesman for Dostum’s Junbish Get together. Two different bodyguards had been wounded.
Dostum was conscious of a deliberate assault however determined to journey anyway, the spokesman added.
The Taliban claimed accountability for the assassination try, which comes eight months after Dostum prevented damage in a suicide bombing at Kabul airport. In a tweet, the militant group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, mentioned 4 guards had been killed and 6 wounded within the assault.
Final summer season’s bombing, which was claimed by Islamic State, befell as Dostum returned house from greater than a yr in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival.
Dostum had left Afghanistan after heavy stress from Western donors together with the US.
Lower than a yr since his return, the final stays a big, if polarizing, political determine. His Junbish Get together is supported primarily by his fellow ethnic Uzbeks.
Dostum has joined the election group of Afghan Chief Government Abdullah Abdullah, one in every of a number of contenders in a presidential election scheduled for Sept. 28.