The explosions occurred in rapid succession outside Kabul’s Ariana Hotel, where Abdullah had just finished a campaign rally. As Abdullah, 54, a former Afghan foreign minister, was heading to a second rally, one bomb struck a vehicle carrying his first deputy, badly damaging it and several other vehicles, according to Fazl Sangcharaki, a spokesman for Abdullah.
“Abdullah’s vehicle was lifted up by the force of the blast and was damaged slightly. He, his deputies and all of his campaign managers are safe,” Sangcharaki said.
Shortly after the attacks, Abdullah appeared on local televisions to say he is undeterred by the apparent assassination attempt, the first against a presidential candidate in this year’s elections.