Afghan police say Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a parliamentarian and powerful former warlord, has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt near Kabul.

Abdul Razaq, chief police of Pagman district north of the Afghan capital, said Sayyaf was in a convoy with his bodyguards when a remote-controlled bomb hidden in an irrigation canal beside the road exploded Friday.

One car in the convoy was destroyed, and Razaq said initial information indicated two of Sayyaf's bodyguards had been killed. Sayyaf himself was not injured.