Blast at Afghan President’s rally kills 26

At least 26 people were killed and 42 others wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a campaign rally of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the country’s Parwan province on Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack took place at 11.40 a.m. (local time) in Charikar city where dozens of people were gathering for the rally. The President and his running mate Amrullah Saleh escaped unharmed, reports said.

Earlier reports said that the explosion was triggered by a bomb attached to a police vehicle, but later officials said that it was caused by a suicide bomber, who detonated while riding an explosives-laden motorcycle.

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