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Shots fired near Afghan minister’s convoy were not assassination bid, government says

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan – Soldiers who fired at the defense minister’s convoy were not trying to assassinate him as initially believed, but were shooting at other troops they were angry with, a government spokesman said Sunday.Shots were fired at the convoy Saturday after it had dropped Defense Minister Rahim Wardak and some other Cabinet members at Kabul’s airport. One bullet hit a seat in Wardak’s car where he had been sitting just moments earlier.Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammed Saher Azimi initially said the shooting had been an attempt on the minister’s life, but at a press conference Sunday he said an investigation had found that assessment was wrong.”It was not an assassination attempt on the defense minister,” Azimi said. “It was just a clash between soldiers.”He said the shooting started when some soldiers tried to get to their barracks inside the airport compound but were stopped by other troops who suspected they were impostors. An argument ensued and the two sides started shooting.Nine soldiers have been arrested, Azimi said.Nerves are already tense in the capital amid fears of militant violence ahead of landmark legislative elections on Sept. 18.Vail, Colorado