At least 12 killed in bomb attack on Afghan election rally

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KUNDUZ: A motorcycle carrying explosives blew up among supporters of an Afghan election candidate yesterday, killing at least 12 people, officials said, in the latest attack on a political rally.

Violence related to the parliamentary vote has killed or wounded hundreds of people in recent months and more militant attacks are expected ahead of Afghanistan’s October 20 poll.

Another 32 people were wounded in the explosion in the northeastern province of Takhar where parliamentary candidate Nazifa Yousefibek had been campaigning, provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri told media.

Ambulances have been sent to the remote district of Rustaq, but officials also are seeking to airlift the wounded to hospitals, Hejri added.

Provincial police spokesman Khalil Assir put the death toll slightly higher at 13. Yousefibek was not hurt in the blast.

“The bomb had been placed on a motorcycle and detonated among the supporters of a female candidate in Rustaq district,” Assir told media.

Khan Jan, who told media he saw the explosion, said there had been a powerful blast and “a lot of people” had been killed.

More than 2,500 candidates are contesting the long-delayed legislative elections. —Agencies

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