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Blast kills 24 at Afghan election rally, aide says President unhurt

An explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others, a health official said. But Ghani was unhurt according to an aide.

President Ghani had been due to address the rally in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul when the suspected militant attack occurred

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.

Peace talks between the United States and the Taliban collapsed last week. The two sides had been seeking to reach an accord on the withdrawal of thousands of American troops from Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees from the insurgents.

Source: Reuters

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