Updated at 9:43 a.m. ET
An explosion at a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed at least 24 people today and wounded extra than 30 other individuals on Tuesday. Ghani reportedly was not harmed in the bombing, for which the Taliban later claimed duty.
The Taliban also stated it was behind a second attack in which a suicide bomber detonated a device in Kabul, in an region close to the U.S. Embassy and other official buildings. At least 22 people today died and dozens have been injured in the blast about 1 p.m. regional time, TOLO News reported, citing the country’s Interior Ministry.
The attack on Ghani’s campaign rally came throughout a somewhat uncommon private look by the president — due to safety issues, he has usually addressed crowds by video, speaking into a laptop in his workplace as he seeks reelection. But the rally’s place in Parwan, a province north of Kabul that contains Bagram Air Base, had been deemed secure sufficient for the president to go to in particular person.
A regional official stated the bomb was planted in a safety car. Pictures from the scene showed a green police truck, a crumpled motorbike and other automobiles that had been mangled and scorched by the blast, in what seems to be a parking region for the political rally.
Presidential elections are scheduled for Sept. 28, and the Taliban has condemned the vote, threatening associated activities and warning Afghans to keep away.
Just after Tuesday’s bombing, Ghani released a statement saying, “By continuing to commit atrocities, the Taliban demonstrates that they do not have the will for peace or stability of Afghanistan,” according to TOLO News.
Through his reelection campaign, Ghani has been to a handful of rallies with his operating mate, Amrullah Saleh — whom the Taliban attempted to kill in a higher-profile attack in Kabul in July, on the 1st day of campaigning. Saleh survived that suicide bombing, but 20 people today died.
The U.N. Help Mission in Afghanistan stated that targeting the campaign rally shows “despicable disregard for civilian life [and the] basic human correct to participate in democratic course of action.” It adds, “Such attacks, with scores of civilian casualties, are a violation of international law. “