Double suicide attacks on the rally of the Afghan president in downtown Kabul; 48 dead
Two suicide bombings on Tuesday shook various parts of Afghanistan, killing at least 48 people and wounding dozens on the day a peace agreement with Taliban insurgents was declared dead.
At the first suicide bombing, the bomber rammed its explosive-fueled motorcycle into the entrance to the venue where President Ashraf Ghani held a rally on the outskirts of the northern town of Charakar in Parwan province.
Ghani, who was present at that time, was unhurt. The explosion occurred some distance from the place where the president addressed a crowd of about 2,200 people, a spokesperson for his election said.
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The Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle turned against presidential guards protecting President Ashraf Ghani at a rally in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing over 20 people and over 30 wounded.
The explosion killed 26 people. Another 42 people were injured, including many women and children.
Just a few hours later, a second explosion hit downtown Kabul near Massood Square, a heavily congested intersection in the center of the capital. NATO and US connections are nearby, as are several government ministries.
Afghan security forces work near the site of a suicide attack US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, September 17, 2019. (AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi)
The Taliban took responsibility for both explosions and said they were targeting an Afghan army base. The second explosion killed 22 people and wounded dozens of others, officials said.
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In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Ghani was quoted as saying that "the Taliban's movements are only frauds."
Afghan police inspect the location of a suicide attack in the Afghan province of Parwan on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
The election campaign for the Afghan elections resumed last week after President Donald Trump declared that the months-long talks between the US and the Taliban in Qatar, Qatar, have ended.
Most presidential candidates had suspended their election campaigns while the negotiations were taking place, and US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said an agreement was almost signed.
Trump's tweets in early September declared the deal and the talks were "dead." launched the war-stricken nation in the election campaign.
BIN LADEN'S SON HAMZA WAS KILLED IN THE CONTEXT OF CONTROL RISM, PRESIDENT TRUMP CONFIRMED The Taliban immediately fought on, insisting that presidential elections should take place.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of intelligence in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Taliban refused to talk about a ceasefire and intensified attacks across the country. Meanwhile, Afghan forces, backed by their US allies, have intensified raids on militant hiding places in recent weeks.
The Taliban also refused to meet with representatives of the Ghani government, but it was two attacks in Kabul in recent weeks that prompted Trump to stop negotiations with the Taliban, including one in which two NATO soldiers were killed, one of whom was an American. Another US soldier died on Monday in Afghanistan. He was identified as Sgt. Jeremy Griffin from Greenbrier, Tennessee, Special Forces soldier.
CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP. Pentagon's count. This year, there were also three deaths outside the fight. More than 2,400 Americans died in the nearly 18-year war.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.