Two blasts in Afghanistan killed at least 48 people and injured dozens others.
An explosion was reported from the Parwan province, north of the capital Kabul, leaving 28 dead. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was due to address a rally here.
Another explosion was triggered in central Kabul near the US embassy, killing 22 people.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for both these blasts. The terrorist group has continued its bombing campaign while at the same time taking part in peace talks.
However, the U.S. President Donald Trump described the negotiations with the Taliban as “dead” earlier this month.
The Taliban refuse to talk to the Afghan government and have vowed to disrupt the presidential election in the country on 28 September.
The blast in the Parwan province went off at 11:40 (local time). Children were also among the casualties. The bomber, on a motorbike, triggered the blast at a checkpoint at the venue. President Ghani, who hopes for a second five-year term, escaped unhurt.
The blast at Kabul’s busy Massood Square was triggered at 1pm again by a suicide bomber.
The Taliban are estimated to be openly active across 70% of Afghanistan.
August was the worst month for Afghanistan in terms of casuality, terrorist activities killed an average of 74 each day.