Election Workers Caught In Afghan Bomb Attack

At least 11 people, including four election workers, have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, officials say.

The governor of the northern province of Samangan said the attack, which happened on Saturday evening in the capital Aybak, blew up a bus.

It came after polls closed in the second round of the country’s presidential election, between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.

“Three local IEC (Independent Election Commission) workers and two observers from Dr Abdullah’s team were among them,” Khairullah Anosh told the Reuters news agency.

His spokesman, Sediq Azizi, told AP the blast killed six women, four men and one child.

The deaths took the civilian death toll on election day to 31, according to Reuters.

A further 11 people had their ink-stained fingers chopped off by the Taliban as a punishment for voting in western Herat province.

Eleven policemen and 15 soldiers have been killed in clashes.

The Taliban have denounced the election as a US ploy and vowed to derail it.

According to the electoral commission, more than seven million people cast ballots, a turnout of around 60%.

Mr Abdullah and Mr Ghani are vying to replace Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001.

Preliminary results are set to be announced on July 2, with final results published on July 22.

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15 June 2014 | 7:33 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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