14 killed in bomb­ing at can­di­date rally

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN >> A mo­tor­cy­cle rigged with ex­plo­sives det­o­nated at an elec­tion rally in north­east­ern Afghanistan on Satur­day, killing at least 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing civil­ians and se­cu­rity forces, of­fi­cials said.

Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provin­cial po­lice chief in Takhar prov­ince, said 32 oth­ers were wounded when the ex­plo­sives-laden mo­tor­bike parked near the rally in Rus­taq district blew up.

The at­tack took place at about noon be­fore Nazefa Yu­soufi Beg, a fe­male can­di­date run­ning for a seat in par­lia­ment in the Oct. 20 elec­tions, ar­rived at the rally, Aser said. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if she was the tar­get.

Jawad Ha­jri, spokesman for the provin­cial gov­er­nor, said Rus­taq is a re­mote district where in­sur­gent at­tacks have not oc­curred in the past and the can­di­date’s sup­port­ers had gath­ered for the rally con­fi­dent they would be safe.

Adeb Hamra, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view that the district gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal has only four doc­tors and was over­whelmed with dead and wounded, most of them in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

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