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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives assassination attempt

By Kyle Johnson,

Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah managed to survive an assassination attempt on Friday, but six others weren't so lucky.

Six people were killed and 17 others suffered injuries after two suicide bomber attacked Abdullah's convoy as they left a campaign event, reports The Associated Press. The Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi believes that the death toll will increase and only civilians were killed in the attacks.

One bomber detonated the car he was in and the other was on foot, Kabul police chief Mohammed Zahir said.

The bombing comes just a little over a week before a runoff election between Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is held, according to the Los Angeles Times.

No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the deadly attacks, but it is believed that it likely was the Taliban, who has been trying to disrupt the election process, especially since both candidates have promised to work with the West.

Abdullah, who has frequently decried the Taliban over the years, went live on television to let everyone know he escaped unscathed and railed against "those who are killing the innocent people of Afghanistan."

 
 

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