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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah escapes bombing attack

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Afghan presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Friday escaped unhurt twin-bomb blasts in Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul, media reported.

“Following a political gathering, our vehicle was struck by a mine. None of our team members in the vehicle was hurt in the explosion,” Xinhua quoted Abdullah as saying.

The blasts occurred at around 12:10 p.m., shortly after a political rally ended in Ariana restaurant in western Kabul.

The meeting was attended by several political leaders and hundreds of their supporters.

However, Abdullah, a former foreign minister, said several of his bodyguards were injured in the first blast, adding that none of the injured received life-threading wounds.
The attack took place as Afghanistan is preparing for the presidential runoff between Abdullah and his rival Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzi to be held on June 14.