Journalist killed as campaign season ends in Afghanistan

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A journalist was killed by a roadside bomb as he was heading home from work, officials said on Wednesday, as candidates in the presidential race wound up campaigning.

Abdul Hamid Hotaki, a news anchor at a local radio station in Kandahar, was wounded in an explosion near the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s campaign late on Tuesday.

Local spokesman Bahir Ahmadi told AFP that Hotaki and seven other civilians were taken to hospital, but died hours later.

Four people, including a child, were killed in the blast, according to the Interior Ministry, which blamed the Taliban.

Afghans will go to the polls on Saturday to choose a new president or renewal for Ghani, who was elected in 2014.


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