Taliban slice off 11 people`s fingers as punishment for voting in

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Taliban slice off 11 people`s fingers as punishment for voting in
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Taliban slice off 11 people's fingers as
punishment for voting in Afghanistan's
presidential election
Voters were mutilated by the Taliban in Herat after casting their ballots
So far, 20 civilians and one election worker have been killed in attacks
Officials believe seven million out of 12 million eligible electors voted
By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 21:30 GMT, 15 June 2014 | Updated: 08:41 GMT, 16 June 2014
The Taliban cut off the fingers of 11 people as punishment for voting in Afghanistan’s presidential election.
The barbaric attacks were in the western Herat province after Saturday’s vote, according to police.
In violence marring the poll, another 47 people died in a series of rocket barrages and scattered attacks.
Interior minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai said the victims included 20 civilians and an election worker. He
added that 60 militants were killed.
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The Taliban w arned people in Afghanistan to boycott the country's presidential
election or face punishm ent, in Herat, these m en had their index finger's am putated
for ignoring the terror threat
The Taliban had ordered voters not to participate in the contest between former ministers Abdullah Abdullah
and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Both plan to improve ties with the West and keep nearly 10,000 US troops in the country for two more years.
Officials said more than seven million out of 12million eligible Afghans voted. The first round on April 5 saw a
similar turnout and the final result is due on July 22.
Afghans braved threats of violence and searing heat Saturday to vote in the presidential runoff, which likely
will mark the country's first peaceful transfer of authority, an important step toward democracy as foreign
combat troops leave.
Abdullah, who emerged as the front-runner with 45 percent of the vote in the first round, faced Ahmadzai, an
ex-World Bank official. Neither garnered the majority needed to win outright, but previous candidates and their
supporters have since offered endorsements to each, making the final outcome unpredictable.
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Voters had their fingers inked after casting their ballot to ensure that they voted
only once, how ever this allow ed the Taliban to find exactly w ho defied the dem ands
The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan condemned the mutilations in Herat.
'Like millions of their countrymen and women, these ordinary Afghans were exercising their fundamental right
to determine the future path of their country through voting and not through violence and intimidation. By their
vote, they already defeated those who promote terror and violence,' said Jan Kubis, the U.N. special
representative.
Afghanistan was relatively quiet the day after the second round of voting as the process of counting the votes
began. Official preliminary results were to be announced on July 2, with final results released on July 22. The
commission plans to release partial results in the coming weeks.
The voting was relatively peaceful despite a series of rocket barrages and other scattered attacks that Interior
Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai said killed 47 people, including 20 civilians and an election commission
worker. He said 60 militants were killed.
Later on Saturday a minibus hit an improvised explosive device in the northern Samangan province, with the
blast killing six women, one child and four men in the provincial capital Aybak, said Sediq Azizi, spokesman for
the provincial governor.
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Azizi said four of the victims were employees of the election commission, which organized Saturday's vote. It
was not immediately clear if they were the target of the explosion.
In the southern Kandahar province police said they raided a building on Sunday that had been occupied by
the Taliban the day before, setting off clashes in which police shot dead two would-be suicide bombers but
were unable to prevent another two from blowing themselves up, killing three policemen and wounding
another two.
Gen. Abdul Razeq Achakzai, Kandahar's provincial police chief, said his forces had surrounded the building
on Saturday but waited to move in until after the voting ended.
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Jeremy1951, Chester, United Kingdom, 3 hours ago
This is simply barbaric - our troops have been in this country for years and too many have died valiantly trying to protect the
population from the terrorists and as soon as we leave the country will revert back to the rule of the warlords and its feudal
rulers. Why on earth do we waste our young soldiers on such outposts when all we need to do is to control our borders. Iraq is
such an example and it will only get worse in years to come.
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Downtrodden Taxpayer, BRISTOL, 3 hours ago
Is it not evil to mutilate those that God created in the name of God. This really is the equivalent of our old testament stuff.
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Sandy Brown, London, 3 hours ago
They are so barbaric and medieval these Taliban.
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