Suicide Bomb Attack Leaves 8 People Dead, Many Wounded

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At least ten persons have been left wounded and eight dead in a Tuesday suicide bomb attack at an election rally in Southern Afghanistan.

Officials have reported a suspected bomb attack which took place at an election in southern Afghanistan in the early hours of Tuesday has claimed at least 10 person life and leaves 8 persons wounded.

The attack happened in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, a southern province bordering Pakistan.

The Taliban has carried out attacks in strategic provinces ahead of the parliamentary polls set for Oct.20, and on Monday directed Afghans to boycott voting, while demanding a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only way to end the 17-year-old war.

The attack in Lashkar Gah took place in the office of a parliamentary election candidate while a campaign rally was underway, according to Haji Abdul Aahad Sultanzoy, a member of the provincial council.

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The candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achekzai, was wounded in the attack, according to Omar Zwak, a government official.
However, no group have been recognised to be responsible for the attack, it is known that the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant groups have been a major threat to the nation.

On October 8 the Taliban group promised to target anyone who tries to assist the election process to succeed, especially the Afghan Security Forces and promise to do everything in their power to block the vote, which the group tagged “American conspiracy to further justify the foreign occupation.”

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