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At least 24 killed by an attack near an electoral act of the Afghan president

September 17, 2019


At least 24 people have been killed by a bomb explosion in the immediate vicinity of an electoral event attended by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, in the city of Charikar, according to a preliminary assessment of victims confirmed by local authorities.

A spokesman for the governor of the province of Paruán, in the east of the country, has attributed the explosion to an artifact located in a vehicle of the security services. This source, Wahida Shahkar, has recorded the balance of victims in 24 deaths and 30 wounded, according to the Tolo News network.

“There are women and children and most of the victims would be civilians,” said the head of a local hospital, Abdul Qasim Sangin, who has also confirmed to the Reuters agency the same balance, which “could increase” in the coming hours.

No group has claimed responsibility for this attack, which tarnishes preparations for the September 28 elections. The Taliban have called for boycotting these elections, in which Ghani aspires to re-election as president in front of a list of candidates that also include the head of government, Abdulá Abdulá.