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Pre-election attack on Karzai aide

A convoy carrying the running mate to Afghan President Hamid Karzai came under attack in the northeastern part of the country, just days before landmark elections.Ahmad Zia Masood escaped unhurt Wednesday from a roadside explosion that hit the convoy in northeastern Badakhshan province, a government official said.Masood was in Faizabad for a campaign rally ahead of Saturday’s election, the first time the war-shattered country has directly voted for its president.The governor of northern Badakhshan province was injured in the blast, Khalik Ahmed, a spokesman at the palace told the Associated Press.But Mutaleb Beg, a local police official, told AP one person was killed and four others injured in the attack.Millions of Afghans are set to go to the polls to vote on Saturday in the first election to take place since the hardline Taliban regime was ousted in 2001.Full Story

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