Friday, 3 December 2021

Suicide attack, casualties rock Afghanistan capital on election day

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up in an area in the north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday (October 20), killing at least 15 people and wounding many more, according to a security official.

The blast came as voting was still going on in parliamentary elections that authorities had feared would be a target for militant attacks.

Voting should have been concluded by the time the attacker struck in an area to the north of Kabul, but polling stations were kept open longer than normal to cope with large numbers of people who had been unable to vote.

Ten civilians and five police officers were killed when the bomber tried to enter a polling station and more than 25 were wounded, a senior security official said, according to a Reuters report.

The attack appeared to have been the most serious of a day marked by a series of smaller-scale incidents that caused dozens of casualties across the country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Taliban militants have issued a series of statements telling people not to take part in what they consider a foreign-imposed process and warning election centers may be attacked.

Wider election concerns have centered on technical and organisational problems with biometric voter-registration equipment, polling stations not opening on time, missing election materials and delays forcing lengthy waits.

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