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Suicide bomber targets Afghan election official, kills bodyguard


KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's election commission says one of its officials escaped unharmed after a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing his bodyguard and wounding his driver.

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan identified the target of Saturday's attack as Hawliya Rodwal, its Kabul provincial director.

Commission spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor says one of Rodwal's security guards was killed and his driver was wounded. He says a number of homes were damaged in the attack, which took place in a residential neighborhood.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban are opposed to elections and have targeted the commission in the past.

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