Afghan president escapes assassination bid

Gardez, September 17, 2004 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has escaped an assassination bid when a rocket was fired at his U.S. military helicopter as it was landing in the southeastern town of Gardez.

The rocket flew over Karzai's helicopter as a crowd of about 400 supporters gathered to meet him at a school when he was about to touch down, but caused no injuries, witnesses said.

The president's campaign trip, his first outside Kabul, was immediately aborted and he was flown back to the capital, the U.S. military and Afghan officials said.