BLAst KiLLs 12 At AfghAn rALLy

The Sunday Guardian - - World -

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.

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