An Afghan official on Saturday said at least 13 people including civilians and security forces have been killed in a bombing at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan.
Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Takhar province, says 32 others were wounded when a bomb-laden motorbike parked near the rally in Rustaq district detonated.
The attack Saturday took place before Nazefa Yusoufi Beg, a female candidate for the Oct. 20 election, arrived at the rally.
It was not the first attack on a campaign in the country’s Oct. 20 parliamentary elections. Last week, a candidate was killed in southern Helmand province.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Takhar, but Taliban insurgents are active in the province and have claimed pervious attacks in the province.