Earlier in the day, an explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
killed 24 people and injured 31 others in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, health officials said.
Ghani had been due to address the rally in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, when the suspected militant attack occurred.
“Women and children are among them and most of the victims seem to be the civilians. Ambulances are still operating, and the number of casualties may rise,” said Abdul Qasim Sangin, head of the provincial hospital.
A local government official said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. “The president is unharmed,” Ghani’s aide told Reuters. There was no claim of responsibility from any militant group after the blast.
In a separate incident, an explosion killed at least three people in the center of Kabul, police officials said. Ambulances and Afghan forces rushed to the blast site.
Taliban commanders have vowed to intensify clashes with the Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term.