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Suicide bomber kills several as Afghan election officials urge vote

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:40

April 2 - Days before Afghans head to the polls to vote, a suicide bomber kills at least six policemen outside Kabul's interior ministry. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Officials in Afghanistan are investigating a suicide bombing that killed at least six policemen. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened at the interior ministry in Kabul. The blast comes just days before an election that is intended to mark the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history. Residents said they were afraid security fears could hinder the election. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) RESIDENT OF KABUL WAFAQ ARIA SAYING: "The explosion took place in front of the interior ministry. If this situation continues, I don't think people can go to the vote. This is going to impact the election process, I urge the security official to improve the security on election day." Despite the ongoing violence, the country's election commission remains committed to moving forward. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) MOHAMMAD YOUSUF NURISTANI, HEAD OF ELECTION COMMISSION, SAYING: "One behalf of the election commission, I announce that we are committed to hold the election and I call on our honorable people to participate in big numbers and cast their vote for their favorite candidate. I am sure that our people will participate hugely despite security threats. I ask our people to ignore the security threats and prove to the world and your enemy that we are not scared and ready to vote." Security threats and attacks have already caused trouble for Saturday's election. Two of the three main international observer missions have pulled out their foreign staff following recent violence.

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Suicide bomber kills several as Afghan election officials urge vote

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:40