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    2 campaign workers wounded in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two campaign workers wounded when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday.

    The two men worked for Abas Ibrahimzada who told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident happened in Dowlat Abad district. A driver and a campaigner were wounded , he said.

    The injured were taken hospital where the driver is in critical condition, he said.

    Balkh police headquarters spokesman, Sher Jan Durani, accused candidates of not alerting security forces when they travel to remote areas.

    He said Ibrahimzada's campaigners did not inform the police about their visit to the district.

    In Balkh, 87 candidates are standing in the September 18 election, including 14 women and four Kuchis.

    Three candidates and several campaign workers have been killed across Afghanistan since the beginning of election campaign.

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