A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday.
The bomber rammed his motorcycle packed with explosives into the entrance of the venue where Ghani was campaigning on the outskirts of the city of Charakar in northern Parwan province. It killed at least 26 people and wounded 42 but missed the president. There were many women and children among the casualties. The rally had just begun when the explosion occurred. A few hours later, an explosion struck near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul but details on that blast were not immediately known and no one immediately claimed responsibility. After, a Taliban spokesman released a statement to the media saying Taliban suicide bombers were behind both attacks.
Most presidential candidates had suspended their campaigns while negotiations between Talibans and the U.S. were taking place but Trump announced the deal and the talks were "dead." Ghani resumed campaigning immediately. An increase in violence occurred. There are 18 candidates for the post of president. Afghanistan faces presidential elections on Sept. 28. The insurgent group has warned Afghans not to vote in the election, and said their fighters would target election campaigns as well as polling stations.The US currently has about 14,000 service members in Afghanistan, alongside NATO troops, helping to train and advise Afghan troops and conducting counterterrorism operations.