Blast kills 24, injures 31 near election rally for Afghan president - UPDATED

Blast kills 24, injures 31 near election rally for Afghan president - UPDATED
# 17 September 2019 12:39 (UTC +04:00)

A blast killed 24 people and injured 31 others near an election rally held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a health official said, APA reports citing Reuters.

“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 Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the provincial hospital.

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A bomb blast hit an election campaign meeting in support of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a security source said, APA reports.

Conflicting reports say that between 14 and 25 people have been killed, while over 30 injured as a result of an explosion that hit a pro-Ghani rally earlier in the day.

"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 Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the provincial hospital.

According to the source, the explosion was caused by a magnetic bomb planted on a car.

Afghanistan's independent election commission announced in March that the presidential election would be held on 28 September 2019. The Taliban, which has been fighting a long-running insurgency in the country, threatened to undermine the vote. UN General Secretary's envoy expressed his concern that the Taliban could target civilians taking part in the election.

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