Farid Bakhtawar, the provincial council head of Farah said Taliban insurgents stopped vehicles in Bala Bolok district and cut off the fingers of four voters.
“The Taliban group has abducted at least 20 civilians in the past four days. They have previously warned people not to participate in the election,” Bakhtawar added.
Meanwhile, local officials in Badghis noted that the fingers of three voters were cut off by stone and wood.
A local official in Helmand also confirmed that Taliban cut off the finger of a voter in the province.
Rumours that militants would cut off voters’ ink-stained fingers spread before the vote following threats from the Taliban.
Taliban militants, who had threatened to disrupt the vote, launched low-level attacks in which a number of people were killed across the country.
In a statement, Taliban had warned people to “remain far away from the polling stations. lest you should be hurt or killed.”
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Thursday 25 October 2018 11:19