Deadly bombing in Afghan capital Kabul, casualties reported

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Deadly bombing in Afghan capital Kabul, casualties reported

KABUL – At least 25 people were wounded and two more were killed as a result of a bombing that occurred near the electoral office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy Amrullah Saleh on an airport road in the country’s capital of Kabul on Sunday, the Afghan Health Ministry said.

Militants detonated an explosive laden vehicle at about 05:00 p.m. local time (12:30 GMT). Previous reports indicated that 13 people were injured and one more was killed in the bombing.

“Two martyrs (including a woman) and 25 wounded patients have been evacuated to our hospitals so far,” Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, wrote on Twitter.

A source told Sputnik that a group of four militants stormed Saleh’s electoral office following the explosion. Later in the day, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed that there was an attack on the electoral office building.

“A group of four militants has stormed the office of Afghanistan Green Trend on the airport road, one of four attackers has been gunned down and the fighting is ongoing in the areas,” Nasrat Rahimi, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Sputnik.

Rahimi added that special forces had been deployed on the site and the roads leading to the area were closed to traffic. According to the spokesperson, the operation to eliminate the terrorists is ongoing.

“Operation is ongoing to gun down the militants, at least 40 people trapped in the building were evacuated by special forces and transferred to safe area,” Rahimi said in a message sent to media outlets.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the bombing so far.

The attack came after electoral campaigns for the upcoming presidential election started earlier in the day. The vote is set to take place on September 28.