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.
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.