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Afghan President Survives Assassination Attempt - 2002-09-05


Afghan President Hamid Karzai has survived an assassination attempt in the southern city of Kandahar -- the former stronghold of the ousted Taleban.

Witnesses say the president and provincial Governor Gul Agha Sherzai were leaving the governor's residence when shots were fired at their car by a gunman dressed in an Afghan military uniform. The governor was wounded and is being treated at a U-S military hospital.

A U-S soldier providing security to the president was also injured in the attack. The U-S Central Command says he is being treated for minor injuries.

The attacker and two others were reported shot dead by U-S troops assigned to protect the Afghan president.

President Bush was briefed on the attack, and a short while later expressed relief that Mr. Karzai was safe. The Afghan leader is set to meet with Mr. Bush next week at U-N headquarters in New York.

Today's attack comes two months after the assassination of Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir. The vice president and his driver were gunned down July sixth in Kabul by attackers disguised as security guards. No arrests have been made.

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