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Bomb kills 11 as Afghan election contestants claim fraud

Published on Jun 15, 2014 5:28 PM
 
Afghan election workers empty a ballot box during the counting process at a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif on June 14, 2014. A roadside bomb killed 11 people including five election workers in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, June 15, 2014, as a prolonged vote count began after the presidential run-off election. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - A roadside bomb killed 11 people including five election workers in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, as a prolonged vote count began after the presidential run-off election.

Election officials were sifting through fraud complaints from both candidates, and analysts said the lengthy count could be the trickiest phase in the country's first democratic transfer of power.

More than 50 people were killed on polling day Saturday by militant attacks, including the 11 whose bus was hit by a roadside bomb in Samangan province and five members of one family who died when a Taleban rocket hit a house near a polling station.

Eleven voters in the western province of Herat had their fingers - which were dipped in ink to register their ballot - cut off by insurgents, Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi said.

 
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