Afghan suicide attack kills 16

2014-07-08 14:18
Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Massoud Hossaini, AP)

Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Massoud Hossaini, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kabul - An Afghan official says that at least 16 people, including four foreign soldiers, were killed on Tuesday in a suicide attack near a clinic in eastern Afghanistan.

The international coalition said that four of its service members were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan but did not disclose any further details, including their nationalities.

Wahid Seddiqi, spokesperson for the provincial governor of Parwan province said the soldiers, at least 10 civilians, and two police officers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked Afghan and foreign forces near Charakar, the provincial capital.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media.

The violence came as Afghanistan was mired in an electoral crisis after one of the candidates in the presidential elections, Abdullah Abdullah, refused to accept any results until millions of ballots are audited for fraud.

Vote rigging

Afghan officials released preliminary election results on Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner could be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud.

The announcement came as Ahmadzai was locked in a standoff with Abdullah, who has refused to accept any results until all fraudulent ballots are invalidated. A spokesperson for his campaign rejected the results and called the decision to release them "a coup."

US Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to Tokyo that any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of US financial and security support.

Kerry said suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern and added that he expected Afghan electoral institutions to conduct a full review of all reasonable allegations of irregularities. He said there was no justification for violence or threats of extralegal action.

The Independent Election Commission acknowledged that vote rigging had occurred and said ballots from about 7 000 more of the nearly 23 000 polling stations would be audited.

The results showed that Ghani had about 4.5 million votes, or 56%, while Abdullah had 3.5 million votes, or 44%, according to the commission. Turnout was more than 50%, IEC spokesperson Noor Mohammad Noor said.

Read more on:    john kerry  |  afghanistan  |  us

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your body is extra sensitive to the energies around you today. If you have been burning the candle at both ends, you will benefit...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.