An explosion outside the election rally of Ashraf Ghani killed more than 26 people in Parwan province.

According to reports, the explosion took place moments before President Ghani start his speech.

An official in Parwan Provincial Hospital confirmed that the explosion killed at least 26 people and wounded around 42 others.

The local officials had earlier confirmed that an improvised explosive device planted in a security vehicle went off close to the entrance gate of the compound where the rally is organized.

Wahida Shakar, a spokesperson for provincial government had earlier said a magnetic bomb went off close to the election rally compound.

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