Motorcycle bomb blast at Afghan candidate’s rally kills 13
A motorcycle rigged with explosives blew up at an election rally in north-eastern Afghanistan yesterday killing at least 13 people, including civilians and police.
Khalil Aser, police spokesman in Takhar province, said 32 others were wounded when the bike parked near the rally in Rustaq district exploded.
The attack took place at about noon before Nazefa Beg, a female candidate running for a seat in parliament in the October 20 elections, arrived at the rally. It was not immediately clear if she was the target.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban insurgents are active in the province and have claimed previous attacks there.
It was not the first attack on a political campaign.
Last week, the Taliban condemned the elections and told candidates that they would be targets if they took part.
There are 2,565 candidates vying for seats in the 249-member chamber, including 417 women.
In the run-up to campaigning, five candidates were killed in separate attacks and another two abducted, with their fates unknown. Three have been wounded.