#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – June 15 – At least 11 people, including election monitors, have been killed in a roadside bomb which hit their bus in the northern province of Samangan, Afghanistan, according to a local official.
"Three local IEC workers and two observers from presidential candidate Dr. [Abdullah] Abdullah’s team were among them," Samangan’s governor, Khairullah Anosh, told Reuters.
(The explosion took place a day after the second round of the presidential election)
(AP) The Taliban had warned people not to participate in Saturday’s vote to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai. The two candidates, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, have vowed to improve ties with the West and sign a long-delayed security pact allowing nearly 10,000 U.S. troops to remain in the country for two more years.
Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor in the northern Samangan province, said a minibus hit an improvised explosive device Saturday night, with the blast killing six women, one child and four men in the provincial capital Aybak.
Azizi said four of the victims were employees of the country’s election commission, which organized Saturday’s vote. It was not immediately clear if they were the target of the explosion.
In a separate incident, the Taliban cut off the fingers of 11 civilians on Saturday in western Herat province to punish them for voting, police spokesman Raoud Ahamdi said.