Young politi­cian killed in Afghan at­tack

Panay News - - WORLD | SPORTS -

KABUL – A young Afghan par­lia­men­tary can­di­date was among eight peo­ple killed in a sui­cide at­tack in the south­ern prov­ince of Hel­mand, of­fi­cials said.

The bomber blew him­self up in­side Salem Mo­ham­mad Achakzai’s of­fice in Lashkar Gah city. Eleven oth­ers were in­jured.

It was the sec­ond sui­cide blast tar­get­ing a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date dur­ing the cam­paign for the 20 Oc­to­ber elec­tion.

Both the Tal­iban and the Is­lamic State group have urged a boy­cott of the vote.

No group has, how­ever, said it car­ried out the lat­est bomb­ing, which Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani has blamed on “ter­ror­ists,” news agency AFP re­ports.

Hel­mand has long been a strong­hold for the Tal­iban, who were re­moved from power in a US-led in­va­sion in 2001. (


Thirty- two- year old Salem Mo­ham­mad Achakzai was cam­paign­ing on a plat­form for “pos­i­tive change.”

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