Rashid Dostum escapes unhurt after Taliban ambush convoy


Kabul—Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum escaped unhurt from an ambush by Taliban insurgents as his convoy returned from overseeing fighting at a northern battlefield, Afghan officials said on Monday. In their effort to topple the Western-backed government in Kabul, Taliban fighters have battled their way into the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand, in recent weeks. Sunday’s ambush took place during a frontline visit to Faryab province by Dostum, who has recently been spending more time on his northern home turf than in the capital, Kabul, officials said. “General Dostum was on the way back from overseeing the fighting when his convoy came under ambush,” in the Ghormach district of the province, said Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, a spokesman for Dostum. “Both sides received casualties, but General Dostum was not hurt,” he added.—Reuters