27 Jul 2009

Taliban bid to assassinate candidate fails

3:28 pm on 27 July 2009

One of President Hamid Karzai's vice-presidential candidates in next month's elections in Afghanistan has survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban.

A campaign official says Mohammad Qasim Fahim escaped unhurt in an attack while he was campaigning in the northern province of Kunduz.

A body guard was wounded when his convoy came under fire for 30 minutes.

Mr Fahim is the former head of an alliance that helped topple the Taliban in 2001. He previously survived an assassination attempt when he was interim defence minister in 2002.

The BBC reports there has been a spate of attacks in Kunduz lately.

Elections are due to take place in Afghanistan on 20 August.

Mr Karzai is hoping to secure a second term. He named Mr Fahim and Vice-President Karim Khalili as his running mates in May.