26 killed in Afghanistan election rally blast; narrow escape for President Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan blast

In Afghanistan, at least 26 people have been killed and more than 42 injured when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted an election rally by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul.

Official sources said, the President was present at the venue but was unharmed. Nasrat Rahimi, the spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said the death toll of 26 included four soldiers.

Parwan hospital sources said, children were among those killed and there were fears the number of victims could rise. Just hours later, an explosion struck near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul with reports of three people killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both the attacks.

The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on September 28. The Taliban has warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targeted.

Campaigning for the Afghan elections resumed last week after US President, Donald Trump declared that the US – Taliban talks which had been going for months in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar are over.