Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the apparent assassination of the parliamentary candidate, Abdul Jabar Qahraman, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday.
“Qahraman was among four people killed by the blast, another seven were wounded and three suspects have been arrested,” Wais Ahmad Barmak, the interior minister said.
Qahraman became the 10th election candidate to die ahead of Saturday’s polls when the blast tore through his campaign office.
“Abdul Jabar Qahraman had been meeting with supporters in his campaign office in the southern province of Helmand when a bomb hidden under a sofa exploded,” provincial governor spokesman Omar Zhwak added.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online.
In the wake of the attack, President Ghani condemned the group, saying they will not undermine citizens’ faith in democracy.
At least 29 people, including soldiers, were wounded in a car bomb explosion in Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province on Monday evening, local officials said on Monday.
Omar Zuwak, the spokesman for the Helmand governor, has said that among those wounded in the blast 12 are security personnel. The blast killed at least one military officer, he said.
In eastern Afghanistan, a bomb loaded on a motorcycle targeted the commander of Afghan Local Police (ALP) Babrai. Ten people were wounded in the explosion that followed. The blast occurred in Sorubi district of the province.
Another ALP commander Darya Khan Talash confirmed that the attack happened while Babrai was riding a motorcycle in Surobi bazar.
“Babrai and three of his guards and six civilians were wounded in the blast,” he said.