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BREAKING: Bomb blast kills dozens at Afghan president’s rally

Another 31 wounded in Charikar explosion, with women and children among the victims, Afghan health official says

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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, who is reported to be safe and unharmed.

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

Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the provincial hospital, said women and children were among the victims.

“Most of the victims seem to be the civilians. Ambulances are still operating, and the number of casualties may rise,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

Ashraf Ghani gestures during an election campaign rally in Kabul earlier this month [Omar Sobhan/[Reuters]
Ghani was present at the time of the explosion but is safe and unharmed, his campaign spokesman, Hamed Aziz, was quoted as saying by The Associated Press news agency.

Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the provincial governor in Parwan, said the explosion happened at the entrance of the venue hosting the rally.

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

More to follow…

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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