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Election Candidate Killed in Helmand Blast

Jabar Qahraman, an election candidate from southern Helmand province was killed in an explosion at his office on Wednesday morning, local officials confirmed.

In addition, seven other people were wounded in the blast.

The incident took place at his campaign office in Lashkargah city, a spokesman for the provincial governor Omar Zwak confirmed, adding that "explosives were placed inside his sofa." 

He said that the wounded people have been taken to a nearby hospital.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the explosion. 

This comes after last Tuesday’s attack at a campaign office also in Helmand which claimed the lives of eight people including the election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai.

Since July 1, at least 9 candidates have been killed in attacks.

On October 3, an explosion targeted an election rally in Nangarhar, killing 14 people killed.

On September 25, Nasir Mubarez, a candidate for the Kochis, from Kandahar, was killed by unknown armed men in a shooting in Kandahar City’s PD2.

On September 2, Anwar Niazi, a Parwan candidate, was killed and two others wounded when a magnetic IED was detonated against the vehicle they were traveling in. The incident took place in Kabul city center, in Shirpoor, in PD10, at about 7pm local time.

In August, Jalal Salehi, a candidate from Kabul, was killed during a security forces operation in Kabul’s Shakar Dara district.

Another candidate, former member of Ghazni provincial council, Sayed Obaidullah Sadat, was killed in Ghazni on July 14 by unknown armed men.

On July 1, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu community leader, Ottar Singh Khalsa, who was running for parliamentary elections, was killed in a suicide attack in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province.

And on July 30, another Nangarhar candidate, Hayatullah Khan Rahmani, was killed when a suicide bomber targeted him in Rodat district in the province.

More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 parliamentary seats in the October 20 elections.

Elections 2019

Election Candidate Killed in Helmand Blast

The explosion happened on Wednesday morning at the office of election candidate Jabar Qahraman. 

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Jabar Qahraman, an election candidate from southern Helmand province was killed in an explosion at his office on Wednesday morning, local officials confirmed.

In addition, seven other people were wounded in the blast.

The incident took place at his campaign office in Lashkargah city, a spokesman for the provincial governor Omar Zwak confirmed, adding that "explosives were placed inside his sofa." 

He said that the wounded people have been taken to a nearby hospital.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the explosion. 

This comes after last Tuesday’s attack at a campaign office also in Helmand which claimed the lives of eight people including the election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai.

Since July 1, at least 9 candidates have been killed in attacks.

On October 3, an explosion targeted an election rally in Nangarhar, killing 14 people killed.

On September 25, Nasir Mubarez, a candidate for the Kochis, from Kandahar, was killed by unknown armed men in a shooting in Kandahar City’s PD2.

On September 2, Anwar Niazi, a Parwan candidate, was killed and two others wounded when a magnetic IED was detonated against the vehicle they were traveling in. The incident took place in Kabul city center, in Shirpoor, in PD10, at about 7pm local time.

In August, Jalal Salehi, a candidate from Kabul, was killed during a security forces operation in Kabul’s Shakar Dara district.

Another candidate, former member of Ghazni provincial council, Sayed Obaidullah Sadat, was killed in Ghazni on July 14 by unknown armed men.

On July 1, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu community leader, Ottar Singh Khalsa, who was running for parliamentary elections, was killed in a suicide attack in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province.

And on July 30, another Nangarhar candidate, Hayatullah Khan Rahmani, was killed when a suicide bomber targeted him in Rodat district in the province.

More than 2,500 candidates are running for 249 parliamentary seats in the October 20 elections.

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