Taliban bomb kills election candidate in Helmand


KANDAHAR -- A bomb placed under a sofa in an election campaign office killed four Afghans, including the candidate, in Lashkargah city, Helmand Province, Wednesday (October 17), officials said.

The candidate, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, had been meeting with his supporters in his campaign office in Lashkargah when a bomb hidden under a sofa exploded, provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP.

Qahraman was among four people killed by the blast, Interior Minister Wais Barmak told reporters. Seven others were wounded and three suspects have been arrested, he added.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack on Qahraman, who he had sent to Helmand in 2016 as an envoy to help defeat the Taliban. Qahraman later resigned.

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