Afghanistan blast kills election candidate in southern province

Taliban claims responsibility for the attack

Reuters October 17, 2018

KABUL: An Afghan election candidate was killed by a bomb planted under his office chair in the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, officials said, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.

Abdul Jabar Qahraman, who was preparing to contest Saturday’s parliamentary polls was killed in the blast, a senior government official said.

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Omar Zwak, a spokesperson for the Helmand governor, said another seven people were wounded, four of whom later died.

“A bomb was placed below Qahraman’s chair in his campaign office. We are investigating the incident,” Zwak said.

Qahraman is the 10th candidate to be killed in the past two months. Another two have been abducted and four others were wounded by hardline Islamist militants.

Another 22 people were killed at an election rally in northeast Takhar province last week.

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The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Qahraman.

The Islamist group has directed Afghans to boycott the much-delayed parliamentary polls and has vowed to continue its fight against the Western-backed Afghan government.


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