- The first attack, perpetrated by a suicide bomber, occurred when a bomb attached to a police vehicle exploded in one of the main streets of Charikar.
- Less than an hour later, sixty kilometers from the scene of the first attack, a second bomb exploded in the center of Kabul.
- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for both attacks through a statement issued by one of the insurgents' spokesmen.
Two suicide bombings perpetrated by the Taliban have today, Tuesday, shaken Afghanistan, occurring in a mere one-hour interval. The first explosion took place in the north of the country where a bomb has exploded near the location where Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, was conducting his presidential campaign rally for the country’s presidential elections scheduled for September 28. The second attack has occurred in Kabul, a few meters from the country’s US embassy.
The first attack, perpetrated by a suicide bomber, occurred when a bomb attached to a police vehicle exploded in one of the main streets of Charikar, capital of the province of Parwan, north of Kabul. The car was headed to the Ghani rally, regional governor spokeswoman Wahida Shahkar told journalists.
The director of the area’s provincial hospital, Abdul Qasim Sangin has confirmed that at least 26 people have been killed and 40 have sustained injuries following the blast. “There are women and children among the victims, and most of them seem to be civilians. The ambulances are still doing their job, and we cannot rule out that there are more victims,” said the director. “All members of the campaign team, particularly President Ashraf Ghani and other officers, are well and unharmed,” confirmed Jawid Faisal, a spokesman for the Ghani campaign team.
Less than an hour later, sixty kilometers from the scene of the first attack, a second bomb exploded in the center of Kabul, near Masood Square, just 300 meters from the US embassy, according to the spokesman for the police in the Afghan capital, Firdaws Faramarz. Police and medical sources have reported 22 deaths and scores more wounded so far. “We are investigating whether it was a suicide attack or whether a magnetic bomb was attached to a motor-bike,.” said Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for both attacks through a statement issued by one of the insurgents’ spokesmen, who have indicated that the attacks were aimed at security forces. “People were given warning,” the statement said. “Do not take part in the puppet administration’s election rallies, because all such gatherings are our military target,” said the statement. “If despite the warning, someone get hurt, they themselves are to blame.”
In the forthcoming Elections, President Ghani is seeking re-election to occupy the post for five more years. He is however set to compete with 17 other candidates, including the current Afghan Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah.