BLAst KiLLs 12 At AfghAn rALLy
MALE: At least 12 people were killed and more than 30 injured in an explosion at an election rally for a woman standing as a candidate in Afghanistan’s parliamentary polls on 20 October, officials said on Saturday.
Khalil Asir, a police spokesman in the northeast province of Takhar, said explosives were placed in a motorcycle near the rally, which was to have been addressed by the candidate, Nazifa Yousufi Bek. “So far we received a report of 12 dead and 32 injured, the victims include security officials and civilians,” said Asir.
No militant group immediately claimed of responsibility for the attack. Scores of people had gathered to listen to the candidate, but police said she was not at the rally at the time of the blast. Bek is one of 417 women contesting seats across the country, despite deadly suicide attacks on election rallies and offices, aimed at forcing voters to boycott the vote.