Explosion at Afghan election rally kills 12, injures dozens

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Kabul: At least 12 persons were killed and more than 30 others sustained injuries in an explosion at an election campaign rally in Takhar province in Afghanistan on Saturday.

The explosives were placed in a motorcycle near the rally venue where a candidate was supposed to address the gathering.

The motorcycle bomb was detonated in the afternoon targeting the campaign rally of Nazifa Beg Yusufi, a candidate from Rustaq district in Takhar. Scores of people had gathered to listen to Yusufi, but he was not at the rally at the time of the blast.

Though no militant group immediately claimed the responsibility for the attack, the Taliban had earlier threatened Afghans to boycott the upcoming polls.

Notably, around five male candidates have been killed in separate attacks so far. Another two have been abducted, and four others have been wounded by Islamist militants. Regardless of gender, candidates of the country face violence and opposition.

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