Afghans deny assassination attempt

Afghan authorities have said that an incident in which the defence minister's vehicle was fired on was not an assassination attempt.

    Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak's (L) vehicle was fired on

    Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak had just left Kabul airport on Saturday by helicopter when his empty car was fired on by four men in combat uniform.

     

    Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said on Sunday that the vehicle was caught in crossfire between two groups of feuding Afghan soldiers.

     

    "At the beginning we thought it was an attempt on the minister's life," Azimi said. But further investigations revealed it was an accident, he added.

     

    "At the same time as the minister's vehicles were passing by, a group of Afghan National Army soldiers fired at each other over a dispute which they had from previous days," Azimi said.

     

    He did not elaborate on the nature of the dispute between the soldiers guarding the airport but said nine of them had been arrested and were being questioned.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.