Explosion at House of Afghan Presidential Candidate - Police

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March 25, 2014 6:56 PM EST

An explosion and gunfire rattled the house of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, a senior police officer said, although Ghani was not there at the time.

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The Afghan capital is on high alert ahead of an April 5 presidential election which Taliban insurgents have threatened to disrupt through a campaign of bombings and assassination.

"Four people entered Ashraf Ghani's house and there was an explosion followed by gunfire," the officer told Reuters.

A Reuters cameraman near Ghani's house said he could hear continuous gunfire.

Ghani, in a Tweet sent after the attack, said: "Just arrived at Gardez rally, a huge crowd of tens of thousands." Gardez is in a volatile area south of Kabul.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Ghani is a former World Bank official who has picked powerful former Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum as his running mate.

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