Bombing Kills 24 at Afghan President’s Rally

At least 24 people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in a bomb blast near an election rally held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani  in central Parwan province.

The president’s campaign spokesman Hamed Aziz said that Ghani was there but that he was safe and unharmed.

“Women and children are among them and most of the victims seems to be the civilians. Ambulances are still operating, and the number of casualties may rise,” said Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the provincial hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s explosion in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province.

A local government official said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, another explosion killed at least three people in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul, police officials said.

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

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