`No evidence` Afghan attack targeted French minister: France

Defence Minister Gerard Longuet was in Afghanistan at the time of attack.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

Paris: France said it had seen no
evidence that an attack on the Afghan defence ministry on Monday
was an attempt to kill the French defence minister, as has
been claimed by the Taliban.

Defence Minister Gerard Longuet was in Afghanistan at
the time of today`s attack, but was in Bagram airbase more
than 40 kilometres outside Kabul and not in the defence
ministry, his office in Paris said.

"There is no evidence that he was the target," an
official said.

Earlier today, a suicide bomber in army uniform
entered the Afghan defence ministry but was shot before he was
able to detonate his explosive vest. The Taliban claimed that
Longuet had been the target of the attack.

PTI