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Suicide bombings in Afghanistan kill 48, injure countless others

Two suicide bombings occurred in Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 48 and injuring several others

Afghan police inspect the site of a suicide attack, in northern Parwan province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted presidential guards who were protecting President Ashraf Ghani at a campaign rally in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing over 20 people and wounding over 30. Ghani was present at the venue but was unharmed, according to his campaign chief.
Rahmat Gul, Associated Press

Two suicide bombings occurred in Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 48 and injuring several others.

The first bombing occurred outside a campaign rally for President Ashraf Ghani, which took place in a highly-guarded police compound, according to Fox. The bomber rammed his explosive-filled motorcycle into the entrance of the venue while people were waiting to be screened and ushered in.

The blast killed 26 people and injured 42 others. The president was inside the compound, at least a half-mile away from the site of the blast and was uninjured.

The second bombing occurred near the site of another suicide bombing that took place on Sept. 5 and killed 12 people, including one American and one Romanian soldier. The latter explosion killed 22 people and wounded 38 others.

According to The New York Times, Ghani has recently only been holding “virtual rallies” through Skype and YouTube, due to fear of Taliban threats.

In a statement released by the presidential palace, Ghani called the Taliban’s actions nothing but a move of deceit.

“The Taliban are the main enemy of our republic system,” Ghani tweeted. “The Taliban once again have proved that they are not interested in peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

Campaigning for the Afghan elections continued last week after President Donald Trump declared the U.S.-Taliban talks to be over, according to Fox. Recent attacks in Kabul led Trump to halting negotiations with the Taliban.

Zabibullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the attacks were meant to target Afghan security forces. Mujahid also said the Taliban had warned civilians against attending campaign rallies or other election events, saying that if civilians are killed or injured at such events, they are responsible for putting themselves in harm’s way.

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said that United States aircraft and Special Operations troops have continued attacks on the Taliban, according to The New York Times. Militants have warned they are ramping up their own operations and have threatened to kill more American troops.