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Afghan police kill Taleban militants who cut off voters' fingers

Published on Jun 17, 2014 3:16 PM
 
Afghan residents sit in a hospital ward after insurgents cut off their fingers in Herat on June 15, 2014. Afghan police hunted down and killed two Taleban insurgents who cut off the fingers of 11 elderly men who voted in the presidential election run-off, officials said on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) - Afghan police hunted down and killed two Taleban insurgents who cut off the fingers of 11 elderly men who voted in the presidential election run-off, officials said on Tuesday.

All voters in Afghanistan had their fingers marked with ink after voting to prevent them from casting more than one ballot, but the ink also identified those who participated in the election in defiance of Taleban threats.

"Insurgent commander Mullah Shir Agha and one of his officers were killed in a police operation yesterday in Herat," a statement from the interior ministry said.

"The pair were accused of having cut off the ink-dyed finger of 11 voters."

 
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