Afghan Vice President Dostum returns after year in Turkey

Exiled Afghan Vice President Dostum due to return home on Sunday

Exiled Afghan Vice President Dostum due to return home on Sunday

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq News Agency.

Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said a suicide bomber carried out the attack near Kabul International Airport shortly after the convoy of the country's controversial first vice-president had left the airport.

The explosion killed 14 people and left 60 others.

An Afghan interior ministry spokesman says that 14 people, including both civilians and military forces, have been killed in the suicide attack near Kabul's airport shortly after the country's controversial first vice president landed on his return from overseas.

Much of the area around the presidential palace was shut down for the arrival and there was a heavy security presence on the streets, emphasising the increasingly volatile political climate in Kabul.

Dostum's return follows almost three weeks of mass protests in northern Afghanistan by his ethnic Uzbek supporters, who blocked several border crossings and government institutions, and threatened to boycott the long-delayed October elections.

Ghani in 2009 described Dostum as a "known killer".

"Any fraud in this election will lead the country to a serious and unsafe crisis", he said.

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Mr Dostum's triumphant return was in stark contrast to the outrage he faced after reports in 2016 that his guards had seized political rival Ahmad Eshchi and subjected him to beatings, torture and violent sexual abuse.

He denied Eshchi's accusations but amid global demands that he be held accountable, he left the country in May a year ago, ostensibly to seek medical treatment in Turkey and has not returned since.

"Of course, the aim of this coalition was never an anti-government move or against the system", he said.

Observers say President Ashraf Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, gave the green light for Dostum to come home to stabilise the north and secure Uzbek support before next year's presidential election, which he is widely expected to contest.

It was not immediately clear whether Dostum will face any charges once home.

The return of Dostum followed days of sometimes violent protests by supporters in northern Afghanistan over the arrest of a militia commander loyal to him.

Dostum, who helped the United States oust the Taliban regime in 2001, allegedly allowed hundreds of Taliban prisoners to be suffocated in shipping containers.

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