Young politician killed in Afghan attack
KABUL – A young Afghan parliamentary candidate was among eight people killed in a suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand, officials said.
The bomber blew himself up inside Salem Mohammad Achakzai’s office in Lashkar Gah city. Eleven others were injured.
It was the second suicide blast targeting a parliamentary candidate during the campaign for the 20 October election.
Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have urged a boycott of the vote.
No group has, however, said it carried out the latest bombing, which President Ashraf Ghani has blamed on “terrorists,” news agency AFP reports.
Helmand has long been a stronghold for the Taliban, who were removed from power in a US-led invasion in 2001. (
Thirty- two- year old Salem Mohammad Achakzai was campaigning on a platform for “positive change.”