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  •  Almost 200 hundred attacks and at least 67 killed, and 126 injured is the death toll of Saturday

    Almost 200 hundred attacks and at least 67 killed, and 126 injured is the death toll of Saturday's legislative elections in Afghanistan. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 October 2018

Saturday's electoral process left a death toll of at least 67, and at least 126 injured, in almost 200 attacks perpetrated in the country by Taliban forces. The turnout was higher than expected, as citizens stood in long lines forming outside of polling centers.

On Saturday while Afghans voted to elect 250 members of parliament, the elections were marked by 193 attacks against security forces and electoral authorities.

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Saturday's electoral process left a death toll of at least 67, while at least 126 were injured, in almost 200 attacks perpetrated in the country by Taliban forces. The turnout was higher than expected, as citizens stood in long lines forming outside of polling centers. 

A suicide bomber killed 15 people in Kabul, the most serious of a series of smaller-scale attacks that caused dozens of casualties across the country. This, however wasn't enough to deter voters, who endured long queues to cast their ballot, Reuters reported.

"People's enthusiasm and participation despite threats, intimidation and attacks by militants must be lauded today," said one senior international security official, who added: "The electioneering process will require close scrutiny as it is clear that there were multiple failures."


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