The death toll from an attack against the office of the Afghan president’s running mate and a former chief of the intelligence service in Kabul, capitol of Afghanistan, has climbed to at least 20 people
The attack wounded Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate, Amrullah Saleh on the first day of official campaigning for a presidential election.
At least 25 civilians were injured in the blast on a road near the private Ghalib University, according to interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
Immediately after the blast, gunmen stormed a nearby building belonging to vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh’s Afghan Green Trend Party. Saleh was wounded by shrapnel before being evacuated from the office.
Afghan soldiers killed one gunman but two others were still battling with Afghan forces in a four-storey building near the blast site, Rahimi said, adding 40 civilians had been rescued.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came as officials have been looking ahead to an expected resumption of peace talks between the Taliban and US diplomats in the coming days.