Taleban build up to vote with deadly double hit

World | REUTERS 18 Sep 2019

Taleban suicide attackers killed at least 48 people in two bombings in Afghanistan yesterday, their deadliest coming near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani.

The attacks happened 11 days before the country's presidential elections, which Taleban commanders have vowed to violently disrupt, and follow collapsed peace talks between the United States and the insurgent group.

Ghani, who is seeking a second five-year term in voting on September 28, was due to address a rally in Parwan province, when a bomber attacked the gathering.

The blast killed 26 people and wounded 42. The president was unharmed.

In a separate incident, a blast went off in the center of the capital Kabul.

At least 22 people were killed and 38 injured, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

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