Afghans vote in prez polls amid Taliban violence; 5 dead
Kabul: Afghans voted in presidential elections amid tight security on Saturday, as Taliban insurgents determined to disrupt the process unleashed a string of attacks on polling centres across the country that killed at least five people.
The first-round vote marked the culmination of a bloody election campaign that despite a large field of candidates is seen as a close race between President Ghani and his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive.
The Taliban, who carried out multiple bombings during the two-month election season, claimed to have conducted hundreds of attacks against Afghanistan’s “fake elections”. Officials said five security officials had been killed and 37 civilians wounded. “The enemy carried out 68 attacks against election sites across the country... but security forces repelThe Taliban cut off Safiullah Safi’s right forefinger for voting in 2014. That did not stop the businessman from doing it again. “I know it was a painful experience, but it was only a finger. When it comes to the future of my country I will not sit back even if they cut off my hand’
led most of the attacks,” acting defence minister Asadullah Khalid said.
Voting took place at nearly 5,000 polling centres, and the interior ministry said it had deployed 72,000 forces to help secure these. Preliminary results are not expected until October 19.
TALIBAN CUT OFF HIS FINGER FOR VOTING, BUT HE DEFIED THEM AGAIN