Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Firdous Rasouli

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Afghanistan on today, killing at least 24 people and wounding 31, officials said. Ghani was present at the venue but was unharmed, according to his campaign chief.

Just hours later, an explosion struck near the US Embassy in Kabul but details on that blast were not immediately known.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on September 28. The Taliban have warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targeted.

In today’s suicide attack, the bomber rammed his motorcycle packed with explosives into the entrance of the venue where Ghani was campaigning on the outskirts of the city of Charakar in northern Parwan province.

There were many women and children among the casualties, said Dr. Qasim Sangin, a local official.

Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for Parwan’s governor said the rally had just begun when the explosion occurred.

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