Bombing kills 24 at Afghan president’s rally; Ghani unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targetted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 31, officials said. Ghani was present at the venue but was unharmed, according to his Campaign Chief.

Just hours later, an explosion struck near the United States (US) Embassy in Kabul but details on that blast were not immediately known. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on September 28. The Taleban have warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targetted.

Yesterday’s suicide attack, the bomber rammed his motorcycle packed with explosives into the entrance of the venue where Ghani was campaigning on the outskirts of the city of Charakar in northern Parwan province.

There were many women and children among the casualties, said local official Dr Qasim Sangin.

Spokeswoman for Parwan’s Governor Wahida Shahkar said the rally had just begun when the explosion occurred.