Blast heard near Kabul airport after exiled VP Dostrum returns

An explosion has occurred near Kabul’s international airport shortly after Afghan Vice President Rashid Dostum returned to the country after more than a year in exile, police has said. 

Dostum was unharmed in Sunday’s blast, his spokesman said Bashir Adhmad Tayanj said. 

Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters news agency the blast happened near an airport entrance where supporters had been waiting to greet Dostum.

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said “The blast was probably caused by a suicide bomber”. 

Dostum left to Turkey in May last year amid allegations of sexual abuse and torture.

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