Afghan cabinet minister escapes Taliban attack
HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb targeting an Afghan cabinet minister exploded in the western city of Herat on Sunday, killing at least three people, officials said.
Energy and Water Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan, a prominent anti-Taliban commander, was not hurt, police said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Khan, a key member of the Northern Alliance whose forces helped U.S. forces in toppling the Taliban in 2001.
"The target was Ismail Khan," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
The explosion occurred outside a school in Herat, killing three people and wounding 16, residents and a doctor said.
Police in Kabul said Khan survived the attack unscathed.
"He was on his way to Kabul and is fine," a police source in Kabul said. "But civilians have been killed."
(Reporting by Sharafuddin Sharafyar and Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Maria Golovnina)
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