Bomb kills Afghan election workers, destroys ballot papers

In the first attack since polling closed on Saturday night, the bomb hit a car carrying election staff and ballot papers in Khanabad district of the northern Kunduz province

Bomb kills Afghan election workers, destroys ballot papers

World Bulletin/News Desk

A roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and destroyed dozens of ballot papers in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, police and an election official said, the day after an election that ended without any major violence despite Taliban threats.

Around 60 percent of eligible Afghan voters cast their ballots across the country in a presidential vote hailed as a success by Afghan and Western officials.

In the first attack since polling closed on Saturday night, the bomb hit a car carrying election staff and ballot papers in Khanabad district of the northern Kunduz province, police said.

"The car carrying ballot papers from four polling stations was hit and all the materials were burnt," Amza Ahmadzai, an election official in Kunduz, told Reuters, adding that two staff and one policeman were killed.

The Taliban have condemned the election - designed to be Afghanistan's first democratic handover of power - as a U.S. backed sham. The incumbent, Hamid Karzai, is barred by the constitution from running again after 12 years in power.

There is no clear frontrunner but the three main candidates are former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmay Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.

26 police and militants killed 

At least 26 people were killed and 21 others injured after operations against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan’s Faryab province, officials said Sunday.

“Twenty-one militants and five policemen have been killed during operations against the Taliban in Almar, Qaysar, Dawlat Abad, Ghormach, Pashtoun Kot districts of the Faryab province,” stated provincial governor Mohammadullah Batash.

Faryab's governor said six policemen and fifteen militants have been injured during operations against the Taliban held to protect the polling stations.

“Thanks to this operation people have been able to vote in peace,” said local police chief Turyaley Abdyani.

Last Mod: 06 Nisan 2014, 17:20
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