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Five killed in attack on former Afghan warlord: police

A controversial former Afghan warlord who is now a lawmaker in parliament escaped unhurt after a roadside bomb ripped through his convoy killing five of his bodyguards on Friday, police said.

world Updated: Nov 20, 2009 18:59 IST

A controversial former Afghan warlord who is now a lawmaker in parliament escaped unhurt after a roadside bomb ripped through his convoy killing five of his bodyguards on Friday, police said.

It was not clear who was behind the attack on Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf, a controversial warlord during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s.

"A bomb planted on the side of the road was detonated as his convoy passed by," district police Chief Abdul Razaq Quraishi told AFP.

"Five of his bodyguards were killed," he said, adding that the blast missed the vehicle carrying Sayaf, now a member of Afghanistan's parliament.

The bombing came one day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in for a second five-year term in office, pledging to try to bring peace to the nation and take over security from foreign forces in five years.