Of­fi­cial: 14 killed in bomb­ing at rally

The Republican Herald - - NATION/ WORLD -

KABUL, Afghanistan ( AP) — 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.

“There are a num­ber of wounded peo­ple in crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” he said.

The at­tack took place 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.

No one im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack but Tal­iban in­sur­gents are ac­tive in the prov­ince and have claimed per­vi­ous at­tacks there.

Mean­while, in a sep­a­rate at­tack Satur­day that tar­geted the of­fice of a can­di­date in western Herat prov­ince, at least two peo­ple in­clud­ing a se­cu­rity guard and a child were killed, said Ge­lani Farhad, spokesman for the pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.