Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sofa bomb kills 10th candidate

Former Communist general turned prominent politician has been killed by a Taliban bomb hidden in his sofa as he campaigned for this weekend’s parliamentary election in Afghanistan
Former Communist general turned prominent politician has been killed by a Taliban bomb hidden in his sofa as he campaigned for this weekend’s parliamentary election in Afghanistan

Ben Farmer

A former Communist general turned prominent politician has been killed by a Taliban bomb hidden in his sofa as he campaigned for this weekend's parliamentary election in Afghanistan.

Abdul Jabar Qahraman became the 10th election candidate to die ahead of Saturday's polls when the blast tore through his campaign office.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which also killed three of Mr Qahraman's companions in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

The dead candidate had been a key figure in the dying days of Afghanistan's Soviet-backed government, holding military power in the south of the country until he fled into exile in 1993.

After the fall of the Taliban, he return to Afghanistan and was elected as a member of parliament.

Irish Independent

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