Afghanistan poll rally blast: Death toll rises to 22

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Kabul | Updated: Oct 14, 2018 10:32 AM

At least 16 people were killed Saturday and 36 wounded in two attacks against Afghanistan's ongoing parliamentary election campaign ahead of next week's vote, authorities told Efe.

Afghanistan poll rally blast. (Representative image)

The death toll in Saturday’s election rally explosion in Afghanistan’s Takhar province has risen to 22 The latest death toll was confirmed by Takhar governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hijri, TOLOnews reported Earlier, 12 people died and 32 others were injured after a motorcycle bomb went off during the campaign rally of an Afghan Parliament member, Nazifa Beg, in Rustaq district of the province Two security personnel were among those killed in the blast, according to the provincial police.

In a statement, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying that “the enemies of Afghans cannot weaken the will of the nation for the success of the democratic process of elections” Ahead of the parliamentary elections in the war-torn country scheduled for October 20, there has been a spurt in election violence in different parts of the country. Saturday’s explosion was the third such attack targeting a campaign rally On October 9, eight people, including a parliamentary candidate, died in a suicide attack at a campaign office in Helmand province. In Nangarhar, 14 people were killed in an election rally blast on October 3.

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