Afghan education minister survives assassination bid

New York Daily News , July 16, 2012

Kabul, July 15 (IANS/WAM) A day after an Afghan lawmaker was killed in a suicide blast, Higher Education Minister Obaidullah Obaid survived an assassination attempt Sunday after a bomb targeted his motorcade in the country’s northern region.

The minister was travelling from Baghlan to Kunduz province when one of the cars in his convoy hit a roadside bomb, the Afghan police said.

The attack injured two of the bodyguards, the police added. “The minister is safe, while two policemen were wounded in the bomb attack.”

On Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding reception in Samangan province, also in the north, killing a top Afghan lawmaker and 22 others.