Thursday, 9 December 2021

At least 8 election commission employees killed in Afghanistan

KABUL: Taliban killed eight election commission employees inside a district center in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, officials said on Sunday.

The employees of the Independent Election Commission were stationed at the government office in Maruf district to register voters when fighters of the hardline extremist group launched an attack.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces has intensified even as leaders of the Taliban and U.S. officials hold peace talks in Qatar to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan.

In the northern province of Takhar, over 600 villagers fled as Taliban fighters seized large areas of the province during heavy fighting in recent days, government officials said.

The pace of talks between the United States and Taliban in Doha has sped up as Afghanistan heads for presidential elections on September 28.

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