Afghan official: Blast in Kabul near US Embassy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says there has been an explosion in the capital, Kabul, near an army base and also near the U.S. Embassy.

Firdaus Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, says the blast took place on Tuesday, close to the city's Massoud Square. He couldn't provide any other details and there was no immediate word on any casualties.

The explosion came shortly after a bombing targeted a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani in northern Parwan province, killing at least 24 people and injuring another 31, many of them women and children.

The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on Sept. 28. The Taliban have warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targeted.

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