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Bomb under office chair kills Afghanistan election candidate, official says



KABUL (Reuters) – A candidate from the Afghan government was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his office chair in southern Helmand province. The Taliban complain about the responsibility for the attack.

Abdul Jabar Qahraman, who wanted to prepare for Saturday's parliamentary elections, was killed in the explosion, a senior government official said.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the Helmand governor, said another seven people had been injured.

"A bomb has been placed under Qahraman's chair in his election office and we are investigating the incident," Zwak said.

Qahraman is the 10th candidate killed in the last two months. Two others were abducted and four others were injured by hardline militants.

Another 22 people were killed last week at a rally in northeastern Takhar province.

The Afghan Taliban took responsibility for the attack that killed Qahraman.

The Islamist group has ordered the Afghans to boycott the much-delayed parliamentary elections and has vowed to continue their fight against the West-backed Afghan government.

Reporting by Mohammad Stanekzai and Hamid Shalizi; Edited by Paul Tait

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