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Nearly a dozen peo­ple had their in­dex fingers cut off by the Tal­iban be­cause they had voted in the pres­i­den­tial run-off polls in Herat. The 11 vic­tims were at­tacked soon af­ter they had cast bal­lots. Con­demn­ing the in­ci­dent, UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral's Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Afghanistan, Ján Ku­biš, said, “Like mil­lions of their coun­try­men and women, th­ese or­di­nary Afghans were ex­er­cis­ing their fun­da­men­tal right to de­ter­mine the future path of their coun­try through vot­ing and not through vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion. “They (the Tal­iban) know they have lost the sup­port of the Afghan peo­ple,” he added. Ac­cord­ing to ini­tial es­ti­mates from the In­de­pen­dent Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, about 60 per­cent of the coun­try's 12 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers turned out to vote in the run-off elec­tions to elect a new pres­i­dent for the coun­try.

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