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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 October 2018

Suicide bomber hits Afghan election rally

At least 13 people were killed and 25 wounded at candidate's meeting in Nangarhar province

People walk past a burning tyre after a suicide bomb hit an election rally in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. EPA
People walk past a burning tyre after a suicide bomb hit an election rally in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. EPA

At least 13 people died in a suicide attack on an Afghan election campaign rally on Tuesday.

Another 25 people were wounded when the militant blew himself up among supporters of parliamentary candidate Abdul Nasir Mohmmand in the eastern province of Nangarhar, provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said.

Some of the wounded are in a critical condition, Mr Khogyani added.

Preparations for Afghanistan's long-delayed parliamentary vote, scheduled for October 20, have been marred by violence.

Attacks killed five candidates, according to the Independent Election Commission. There are also fears the violence will escalate.

The Taliban and ISIS vowed to disrupt the election, as they step up their attacks across the country.

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