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UN Condemns Attack On Afghan Candidate

Afghan police investigate the site of a bomb attack against presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's motorcade.
The UN Security Council has condemned an attempt to assassinate Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, calling for an orderly transition to a new government.

Abdullah escaped uninjured from an assassination attempt on June 6 when two explosions targeted his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least 10 people – including three in his entourage – just a week before the second-round presidential runoff on June 14.

Abdullah later told an election rally that the aim of the attack, which heavily damaged the front of his armored car, “was to create fear and anxiety among the people and prevent them from deciding their own destiny.”

A UN Security Council statement said “no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy, and stability in Afghanistan – which is supported by the people and the government of Afghanistan and by the international community.”
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters