The explosion occurred near the Hamid Karzai airport on Sunday, after the arrival of Afghanistan’s vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, who fled the country because of suspicions of torture and kidnapping. The explosive device was activated by a suicide bomber. According to the police, he failed to reach Dostum, and brought the explosive device into effect when he was stopped by the law enforcement agencies.
General Dostum, who left Afghanistan last year after heavy pressure from Western donors including the United States, drove away from the airport in a motorcade only minutes before the explosion on Sunday.
One of the victims of the terrorist act was the driver working for the agency, who was heading for the night shift.
The terrorist group Islamic State took responsibility for the terrorist attack.
Abdul Rashid Dostum, who left for Turkey in 2017 because of suspicions of kidnapping and torturing his political opponent, returned to Afghanistan on Monday and was met by his supporters. In 2008, Dostum was already accused of kidnapping another political opponent, who, presumably, was preparing an attempt on him.