Taliban attacks kill 14 troops, policemen: Afghan officials

Frederick Owens
April 26, 2018

The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles.

If the work can not be completed by October, Afghanistan´s harsh climate, rugged terrain and poor roads mean the process would have to be put on hold over the winter months, delaying the vote until next year when presidential elections are due.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed government, which has pledged to hold parliamentary elections this year.

Funerals for some of the victims began hours after the attack on Sunday and more bodies were buried on Monday. The attacks came on the heels of yesterday's suicide blast in Kabul.

"There were women, children".

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Voter registration centres have been set up across Afghanistan in preparation for long-delayed parliamentary elections and there have been serious concerns that they could be targeted by attacks.

The Taliban insurgents, according to the official, attacked security checkpoints in Qayaq village of Jaghato district at 05:30 a.m. local time, triggering heavy gun battle. "If they can't, someone else should be in their place", said a Ms Sajeda, who was wounded in the blast along with three other members of her family as they lined up for their cards.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been eager to see the elections go through with significant pressure from the U.S and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, for a successful vote bearing down on him.

Parliament is still sitting three years after its mandate expired in 2015, and donors fear that further delays will fatally undermine the legitimacy of a political system already badly scarred by the disputed presidential election of 2014.A complex registration procedure, created to reduce as much as possible the voter fraud that has marred past elections, has been set up after numerous setbacks and delays, requiring voters to register in the centre where they will cast their ballot. Earlier, militants, on Friday, launched rockets at a voter registration centre in the north-western province of Badghis killing at least one police officer and another person was wounded.

Unless the process of registering millions of voters can be completed before winter starts in November, the parliamentary elections would nearly certainly have to be postponed until next year. That attack killed 31 people and wounded 65 others.

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