Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Saturday (local time) escaped unhurt from a Taliban attack in Balkh province.
However, Dostum’s bodyguard was killed in the attack.
“Attackers ambushed Dostum’s convoy on Saturday on the way from Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in Balkh province, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan,” said Aljazeera quoting Bashir Ahmad Tayenj, a spokesman for Dostum’s Junbish Party.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. “Four guards were killed and six wounded in the attack,” said Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.
The assault came eight months after Dostum avoided injury in a suicide bombing at Kabul airport that killed 23 people.
That attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), took place as Dostum returned home from more than a year in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival.