At least 26 killed in blast near Afghan Presidential rally


At least 26 people, including women and children, have been killed in a suicide bombing attack near a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The suicide bomber, believed to have been on a motorcycle, struck outside an open airfield in a police training compound in Parwan province, where thousands had gathered in a show of their support to the president.

No fewer than 32 people were also wounded in the attack.

Despite the loud noise from the explosion, Ghani continued his campaign undeterred.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying the bombing struck “a rally for the fake presidential election” and that Afghans had been warned to stay away from campaign rallies and other election events.

Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on September 28 with fears mounting that polling booths and rallies will continue to be targeted by insurgents.


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