Multiple fatalities reported after bombing at Afghan presidential rally

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According to a hospital official, at least 24 people were killed after a bombing that targeted a campaign rally of President Ashraf Ghani in the province of Parwan. A bomb blast was also reported in Kabul shortly after.

Explosion outside a security forces compound where Ghani and Abdullah held a rally in Parwan. Conflicting reports on casualties no. Some say 1 killed & 3 wounded. Others say 5 killed. Ghani and Saleh are safe.

An Afghan official says there has been an explosion in the capital, Kabul, near an army base and also near the U.S. Embassy.

Firdaus Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, says the blast took place on Tuesday, close to the city’s Massoud Square. He couldn’t provide any other details and there was no immediate word on any casualties.

The explosion came shortly after a bombing targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Parwan province, killing at least 24 people and injuring another 31, many of them women and children.

The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on Sept. 28. The Taliban have warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targeted.

A hospital director in northern Afghanistan says a bombing that targeted a campaign rally of President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people. The president was at the scene but was unharmed in the blast and is safe.

Dr. Qasim Sangin at the Charakar hospital in northern Parwan province says another 31 people were wounded in the attack. He says there are women and children among those killed and wounded.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the country heads into presidential elections later this month despite relentless violence plaguing Afghanistan.

The Taliban have warned Afghans not to vote and said they would target polling stations and election campaigns.

Afghan officials say a sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle went off near a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in the country’s northern Parwan province.

There was no immediate word of casualties in the explosion.

The president’s campaign spokesman Hamed Aziz says that Ghani was there but that he is safe and unharmed. Aziz said he would provide more details later.

Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the provincial governor in Parwan, says the explosion happened while the rally was underway on Tuesday, at the entrance to the venue.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Across Afghanistan, militant attacks have continued as the country prepares for presidential elections later this month.

Some say 24 were killed & 36 wounded in today’s blast targeted Ghani’s rally in Parwan. A young woman is crying and cursing Ghani in the compound where the rally was held, saying her sister was also wounded.

A resident of Charikar, who wanted to attend President @ashrafghani’s election rally which minutes ago came under bomb attack, said it was held in the “safest” area of a city (and province, Parwan) that is rarely subject to such attacks

“An Afghan official says there has been an explosion in the capital, Kabul, near an army base and also near the U.S. Embassy. The explosion came shortly after a bombing targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Parwan province, killing at least 24 people and injuring another 31, many of them women and children.” — AP

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