Afghan Intelligence Agency Says it Foiled Attempt to Kill Vice-president

Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Saturday it had foiled an attempt to assassinate Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum in the northerly Jawzjan province. The assassination was to have been carried out by a suicide bomber who had hidden a bomb on the back of his horse as he attended a game of buzkashi, a national sport. The statement by the intelligence agency said, "The suicide bomber ... planned to detonate it during a buzkashi match." During last year's election campaign, Dostum was photographed watching games from a throne-like sofa placed on the back of a pick-up truck, in a show of his wealth and influence.