December 9th, 2011
11:26 AM ET

Afghan general barely escapes assassination

The highest-ranking Afghan military officer in southern Afghanistan, Gen. Abdul Hameed, has survived an assassination attempt - but just barely.

After the general rose from his seat to hand out certificates at a graduation ceremony for Afghan soldiers, five grenades hidden under his seat were detonated by remote control, Gen. Abdul Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, said Friday.

Hameed was not hurt.

The attack happened Thursday at a training center for the Afghan National Army in Kandahar, Azimi said. It injured one soldier, he said.

The blast happened at an event that had attracted several American military trainers and other dignitaries.

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