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Afghanistan Diary: 21 dead in 3 blasts at poll rallies, wedding


Kabul: A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces, officials said. Takhar province police spokesman said 32 others were wounded when the explosives-laden motorbike parked near the rally in Rustaq district exploded. At least two people, including a child, were killed and two others were injured in another blast at a Herat election rally. In the third blast, at least five civilians were killed in a bomb blast at a wedding party in Logar province.

Taliban: Talks held with US spl envoy
The Taliban held talks with the US special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said on Saturday. In a statement, Taliban spokes­man Zabihullah Mujahid said the meeting with Zalmay Khalilzad was held on Friday in Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office.

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