Afghan election commission officials injured in blast near Kabul headquarters

Afghan election commission officials injured in blast near Kabul headquarters

Afghan election commission officials injured in blast near Kabul headquarters

Hottak said the auto bomb detonated in the provincial capital of Maidan Shahr as two busloads of mechanics arrived at the gate to begin their day's work.

Two other police officers as well as four election workers were those injured in Monday's attack.

The residents in the Afghan province of Kandahar cast their vote today in the parliamentary elections, which were postponed due to an attack last week.

Polls closed at 5 p.m. local time but election officials could not immediately determine the turnout from the 567,000 registered voters in Kandahar. The Afghan elections have been rocked by repeated Taliban and Islamic State attacks.

The attacker was "identified and gunned down by police before reaching his target", Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told reporters.


The ballot was also marred by lengthy delays at polling stations and allegations of fraud.

Hundreds were killed or wounded in scores of attacks in the lead up to the 20 October vote. Both groups have warned Afghans against participating in the elections and have used violence to try to prevent people from going to the polls.

Unofficial election results of the parliamentary balloting are not expected before mid-November and official results sometime in December.

The Taliban, who have declared war on the government, warned people against taking part in the elections.

The terrorist group has mostly been populating the eastern province of Nangarhar, from where it has carried out high-profile brutal attacks at major population centers across the country.

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