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Bomb kills Afghan election workers, destroys ballot papers

Published on Apr 6, 2014 9:56 PM

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and destroyed dozens of ballot papers in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, the police and an election official said, the day after an election that ended without any major violence despite Taleban threats.

In the first attack since polling closed on Saturday night, the bomb hit a car carrying election staff and ballot papers in Khanabad district of the northern Kunduz province, the police said.

“The car carrying ballot papers from four polling stations was hit and all the materials were burnt,” Mr Amza Ahmadzai, an election official in Kunduz, told Reuters, adding that two staff members and one policeman were killed.

Around 60 per cent of eligible Afghan voters cast their ballots across the country in a presidential vote hailed as a success by Afghan and Western officials. Although the Taleban failed to pull off major attacks on election day itself, some fear insurgents are preparing to disrupt the ballot-counting process which is due to take weeks in a country with basic infrastructure and a rugged terrain.

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