Afghanistan: At least 13 people were killed and 30 others wounded after a suicide bombing ripped through an election rally in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, a local official said.
The incident occurred at a parliamentary election candidate’s house at around mid-day in Sangar Saray locality of Kama district east of provincial capital Jalalabad city.
Candidate Abdul Nasir Mohmand was wounded after the explosion and the assailant was also killed on the spot, an official said, adding that the casualties were shifted to nearby hospitals by ambulances and police vehicles.
When approached, Attaullah Khogyani the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident, saying further details about the incident will be released after an ongoing investigation.
The electoral campaign for the October 20 Afghan parliamentary elections began Friday across the country. Around 2,691 candidates from 33 out of 34 provinces (excluding Ghazni) will run for the parliament’s 249 seats, another milestone in the war-torn country’s electoral history.
More than 50 people, including seven election candidates, have been killed in election-related attacks across the country this year. About 240 Afghan civilians were killed and 350 others injured in clashes and terrorist attacks in September.
On September 11, at least 68 people were killed and 165 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a protest rally in neighbouring Muhmand Dara district, the independent Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) said in a press release.