Afghanistan: At least 26 killed as Muslim terrorist blows himself up near election rally

Afghanistan: At least 26 killed as Muslim terrorist blows himself up near election rally

At least 26 people were murdered and dozens more were injured when a Muslim suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a venue hosting a rally in Parwan province in central Afghanistan, where President Ashraf Ghani was speaking.

Ghani was present at the time of the explosion but is safe and unharmed, his campaign spokesman said.

The casualties included children and there are fears the number of victims could rise.

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Three people were killed in another explosion in the Afghan capital Kabul ahead of the country’s upcoming presidential elections. The interior ministry said the bomb went off in the center of Kabul, close to the defense ministry in the PD9 section of the city.

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The heavily fortified area also houses the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both terror attacks.

Last week the Taliban terror group killed 10 people, including Romanian and U.S. soldiers, with a vehicle bomb in the adjacent Shash Darak area.