Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

Kabul attack on election workers kills 1

Voters in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are going to the polls in parliamentary elections on Saturday, one week later than the rest of the country, delayed due to a high-profile assassination.

The bodyguard opened fire at a group of officials after a meeting with General Scott Miller, the commander of the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.

A bomber, who was on foot, blew up at 8:00 a.m. local time on Monday near a vehicle at the gate of the IEC's sprawling compound located near an arterial road in Kabul.

Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections since 2010 were held against a backdrop of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who have seized almost half the country and have repeatedly refused offers to negotiate with the Afghanistan government.

After the incident, authorities postponed the elections to the Afghan Parliament for today.

One police officer was killed and six others, including election workers and policemen, were wounded in the blast.

Voting in Kandahar was pushed back a week after police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq Achakzai was killed in a Taliban-claimed attack October 18, two days before the election.

Kandaharians will cast their votes in 173 polling stations across the province. "Doubtless that a number of candidates wanted to use these people for their own benefit in the elections", said Danish.

The IEC is scheduled to release preliminary results on 10 November.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgent group was responsible. The unprecedented delays forced voting to be extended a second day last weekend to give voters in more than 400 polling centers an opportunity to cast their ballots.

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