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Taleban threatens Afghan polls, warn voters to stay away

Published on Jun 2, 2014 5:45 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Taleban insurgents threatened on Monday to attack Afghanistan's run-off presidential election, warning voters to stay away from polling stations for fear of injury or death.

Afghans are due to go to the polls on June 14 to choose whether Mr Ashraf Ghani or Mr Abdullah Abdullah should succeed President Hamid Karzai.

The militants, ousted from power in Kabul by a 2001 US-led invasion, threatened to attack the first round of voting on April 5 but the day passed off with a high turnout and no major security incidents.

In a statement in English on their website, the Taleban said their fighters "are once again fully prepared to operate against the workers and polling stations in the second phase of these counterfeit elections".

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