Deadly blasts hit near President Ghani’s rally in Afghanistan

24 killed and more than 31 injured in the explosion near President Ghani's rally in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The gathering in Parwan province did not appear to be directly hit, according to initial reports from Afghanistan’s TOLO news. They also reported that President Ghani was not injured.

24 killed and more than 31 injured in the explosion near President Ghani’s rally in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Local media and officials later said that at least 24 people had been killed and 31 injured but President Ghani was not injured.

“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.

Officials in Parwan said they believed a suicide bomber had rammed a motorcycle into a police vehicle outside the venue where Ghani was speaking on the outskirts of the city of Charakar.

Later on Tuesday there were also reports of a second blast in Kabul that killed a futher 6 people, which was near both an army base and the US embassy.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for either attack, but there has been an uptick in violence across Afghanistan in the run-up to the country’s elections on September 28.

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