Afghan Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum arrived in Kabul last Sunday, after weeks of widespread protests in the country’s north, his traditional bastion, demanding that the government allow the self-exiled leader to return. Gen. Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek veteran of Afghanistan’s wars and politics, left the country last year amid allegations of sexual abuse and torture.
Arriving in an unmarked chartered plane, the Vice-President was received by a huge crowd of supporters as well as several high-ranking Afghan officials, including Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish. A few minutes after his convoy left the airport, a suicide bomber on foot detonated himself at its main gate, killing at least 14 civilians.
The Islamic State claimed responsibly for the attack, stating that Gen. Dostum was their primary target.
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