Bomb kills journalist on last day of presidential campaign


KANDAHAR -- An Afghan journalist wounded by a roadside bomb as he headed home from work has died, officials said Wednesday (September 25), as candidates standing in this weekend's presidential election campaigned for the last time.

Abdul Hamid Hotaki, a news presenter for a radio station in Kandahar, was caught by a blast near a campaign office for President Ashraf Ghani late Tuesday (September 24).

Hotaki and seven other civilians were rushed to the hospital but died hours later, provincial spokesman Baheer Ahmadi told AFP.

Four people died in the blast -- including a child -- the Interior Ministry said, blaming the Taliban for the bombing.

Afghans head to the polls Saturday (September 28) to decide whether Ghani, who was elected in 2014, should be awarded a second term.

Another blast hit a Ghani campaign office in Lashkargah, Helmand Province, Wednesday, wounding at least three people, the local police chief spokesman said.

Neither blast was immediately claimed by the Taliban, though the insurgents have previously warned Afghans not to vote in the election and said their fighters would target election campaigns as well as polling stations.

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