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Bomb Kills At Least 12 At Election Rally For Afghan Woman Candidate

Afghanistan will hold national elections on October 20.
Afghanistan will hold national elections on October 20.

Afghan officials say at least 12 people have been killed -- including civilians and members of the Afghan security forces -- by a bomb that exploded at an election campaign rally for a woman who is running for parliament in the northeast of the country.

Ahmad Jawad Hijri, a spokesman for the governor of Takhar province, told RFE/RL that the death toll from the October 13 attack in the Rustaq district could rise because many people were critically injured.

Khalil Aser, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said at least 32 people were wounded by the blast.

Aser said an explosives-laden motorcycle had been parked near the rally and was detonated before Nazefa Yousufi Beg arrived to speak to voters ahead of Afghanistan's October 20 elections.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Taliban militants are active in the area and have claimed previous attacks in Takhar.

With reporting by Reuters