A suicide bomber killed at least 24 people outside a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday, less than two weeks ahead of elections which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt.
A further 32 people were wounded, Parwan hospital director Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin told AFP, adding: “The toll includes women and children”.
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had been on a motorbike and had detonated at the first checkpoint leading to the rally. Ghani was unhurt.
The toll emerged as a second blast rocked central Kabul near the US embassy, the latest to hit the Afghan capital, with an interior ministry official stating he would give more details later.
No group has yet claimed either attack.
But the blasts come after US President Donald Trump abruptly ended talks with the Taliban seeking a deal that would have allowed the US to begin withdrawing troops from its longest war.