Massacre at Afghan Election Rally as Suicide Bomber Strikes

At an election rally in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, a suicide bomber blew him up and killed at least 13 people. The blast which took place on 2nd October also wounded more than 30 people. Officials warned that the death toll might even rise further.
For the 20th October parliamentary election, campaigning started from Friday. Security officials alerted about the possibility of a militant attack during the campaigning. The parliamentary election which got delayed by three years is going to take place amidst nationwide rising violence.
Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar stated that around 13 bodies were taken to hospitals; however, the toll might increase. According to Sayed Humayoun, the blast took place, when elders were speaking outside the provincial capital Jalalabad. Sayed stated that as an impact of the blast he was left unconscious and when he regained consciousness, bodies were thrown all around.
Around 250 people were present at the rally according to a source. Islamic State claimed accountability of the attack. The group has carried out similar attacks in the past that have killed thousands of people, sharing the border with Pakistan.
Another blast took place at a cricket ground in Nangarhar’s Bati Kot District on the afternoon of 2nd October. During the blast, children aged 12 and 15 were injured.
According to the information shared by the officials, continuing violence can delay the process of election as it won’t be safe for the voters to go to the polling stations.


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