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Taliban 'removed voters' fingers'

June 15, 2014 6:21 pm

Taliban insurgents cut the index fingers off 11 Afghans who participated in this weekend’s presidential run-off poll, officials say.

The incident, a punishment for voting, occurred in western Herat province, police spokesman Raoud Ahamdi said.

The Taliban had warned people not to participate in Saturday’s vote.

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The two candidates are former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

They have both pledged to improve ties with the West and sign a delayed security pact allowing nearly 10,000 US troops to remain in the country for a further two years.

Voting in Saturday’s poll was described as relatively peaceful despite a series of Taliban attacks that officials said had killed more than 50 people.

The dead included five election workers killed when their minibus was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Samangan province.

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