Latest Africanss News/October 13, 2018/@xtraconfl/112 views At least 12 killed in bomb attack on Afghan election rallyshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel [FILE]ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Afghan journalists are seen after a blast in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani TEMPLATE OUT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY A motorcycle carrying explosives blew up among supporters of an Afghan election candidate on Saturday, killing at least 12 people, officials said, in the latest attack on a political rally. Violence related to the parliamentary vote has killed or wounded hundreds of people in recent months and more militant attacks are expected ahead of Afghanistan’s October 20 poll. Another 32 people were wounded in the explosion in the northeastern province of Takhar where parliamentary candidate Nazifa Yousefibek had been campaigning, provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri told AFP. ALSO READ Uhuru yet to assign roles to CSs two months laterAmbulances have been sent to the remote district of Rustaq, but officials also are seeking to airlift the wounded to hospitals, Hejri added. Provincial police spokesman Khalil Assir put the death toll slightly higher at 13. Yousefibek was not hurt in the blast. “The bomb had been placed on a motorcycle and detonated among the supporters of a female candidate in Rustaq district,” Assir told AFP. Khan Jan, who told AFP he saw the explosion, said there had been a powerful blast and “a lot of people” had been killed. More than 2,500 candidates are contesting the long-delayed legislative elections. At least nine candidates have died so far, most of them in targeted killings, according to the Independent Election Commission. ALSO READ Emir Sanusi Says It Is Criminal To Sponsor Pilgrims With Government FundsA candidate was among eight people killed in a suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand — a Taliban stronghold — on October 9. No group has claimed responsibility. That incident came a day after the Taliban warned candidates to pull out of the “bogus” election, describing it as a “malicious American conspiracy”. The group vowed to attack the ballot and those involved in it. An attack on a rally in the eastern province of Nangarhar on October 2 killed 13 people and wounded more than 40. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, which the candidate survived. Violence had been expected to escalate ahead of the poll. ALSO READ Local businesses worst loan defaulters in 2017 – BoG reportPreparations for the ballot, which is a test run for next year’s presidential vote, have been in turmoil for months and there has been debate about whether the vote should go ahead. Bureaucratic inefficiency, allegations of industrial-scale fraud and an eleventh-hour pledge for biometric verification of voters threaten to derail the process, which is three years late. Some 54,000 members of Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces will be responsible for protecting more than 5,000 polling centres on election day. But there are concerns over how they will manage as the Taliban and the Islamic State group step up attacks across the country. Leave A Comment Below Related share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleNyasa Bullets crisis deepens: Suporters demand heads to roll – Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawinext articleKanye West, Kim Kardashian in Uganda, Swangz Avenue Confirms Working with HimRelated PostsLatest Africanss News/October 15, 2018 Somalia suicide bombings: Death toll rises to 20Latest Africanss News/October 15, 2018 Governor Ayodele Fayose Takes To The Streets Of Ado-Ekiti To Bid Residents GoodbyeNEMA, NCA seek to train property developers to avert demolitions2019: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths commend Atiku for choosing ObiMUSIC: Shezmine – IrawoNigerian Govt commended for sustaining NYSC schemeDegree classification: Niger Delta youths back KachikwuNigerian lady who relocated home from the UK last year, allegedly shot dead by the police in AbujaAre You Drinking Enough Water? 6 Signs You Need To Drink More WaterWatch: Shatta Wale Proposes To Longtime Partner, Shatta Michy!