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Explosions, gunfire near Afghan presidential candidate's home

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 - 01:02

March 25 - Officials say suicide bombers attacked a building next to the house of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani and engaged in a gun battle with security guards protecting his home. Sarah Toms reports.

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Suicide bombers attack a building close to the home of Ashraf Ghani, a leading candidate in Afghanistan's presidential elections. The focus of the attack was the provincial election head quarters. But Ghani's house was also hit and a gun battle raged with insurgents as security guards tried to protect his home. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) ZOHRA NAWABI, PROVINCIAL COUNCIL CANDIDATE; SAYING: "The purpose of this attack is to disrupt the upcoming election process, as we are all hearing the gunfire I urge the people of Afghanistan to recognize the enemies. We should not keep silent; we should all stand against the brutal act of our enemies." Gun fire could still be heard an hour later in the area, which was cordoned off by police. Ghani, a former World Bank official was not at home at the time. The attack is the latest in the run-up to the 5 April election to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai. The Taliban, which has claimed responsibility, is boycotting the election and has vowed to disrupt the vote.

Explosions, gunfire near Afghan presidential candidate's home

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 - 01:02

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