(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: An explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday killed at least 24 people and injured 31 others, a health official said, but Ghani was unhurt according to an aide #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Ghani had been due to address the rally in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, when the suspected militant attack occurred: “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: “The president is unharmed,” Ghani’s aide told Reuters…………..A local government official said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber………………There was no claim of responsibility from any militant group after the blast.

In a separate incident, an explosion killed at least three people in the center of Kabul, police officials said. Ambulances and Afghan forces rushed to the blast site: Taliban commanders have vowed to intensify clashes with the Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term.

Security at rallies across the country has been tight following threats by the #Taliban to attack meetings and polling stations.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………Published: Sept.17: 2019: Reporting by James Mackenzie, Abdul Qadir Sediqi

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