Taliban attacks kill 30, Afghan leader unhurt as bomb hits rally
The Taliban on Tuesday carried out two suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan that killed 30 people and wounded at least 45 more. The deadliest of the two explosions occurred at an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, who was not hurt in the incident. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban in a statement warning people not to “take part in the puppet administration’s election rallies, because all such gatherings are our military target.” Taliban leaders had previously warned of attacks targeting the Afghan presidential election, which is scheduled for September 28.
Two weeks ago, peace negotiations between the US government and the militant group imploded after US President Donald Trump cancelled secret negotiations with Taliban leaders over a bomb attack in Kabul that claimed the lives of a US soldier and 11 others. Prior to that, US and Taliban negotiators had reached a peace agreement “in principle.” That agreement, which required the approval of Trump, stated that the US would withdraw 5,400 of the almost 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.