An explosion rocked the city of Afghanistan this morning when an IED was detonated in the Taimani district of the capital city of Kabul. The blast was a coordinated attack on a convoy carrying Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. It resulted in the death of 10 civilians and the wounding of 12 others, including three of Saleh’s security personnel.  According to local reports on twitter, the attack took place just before 8:00 AM local time. 

Condemnation of the Attack

The Presidential Palace strongly condemned the assassination attempt. In a statement released today it said that these attacks will not “weaken the strong will of the people for peace, and that the security and defense forces will continue to fight terrorism.”

Likewise, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah decried the violence and called for a serious investigation. The blast comes on the eve of the next set of negotiations with Taliban leadership. Abdullah Abdullah remarked that  “the attack on the first VP took place on the eve of peace talks when our message–and the people’s– is peace. The hidden enemies do not want peace and stability for Afghanistan.”

The Taliban has released a statement denying any involvement in the attack. 

Probable Haqqani Network Involvement

The acting Minister of Interior and former chief of National Directorate of Security, Masoud Andarabi, tweeted this morning that preliminary reports from the blast site found traces of a mixture of RDX-HMS and Nitroglycerin. That chemical mixture has been used in previous bomb attacks carried out by the Haqqani network