More Afghan election workers killed
Friday, September 17, 2021 1:55 AM

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The latest deaths occurred in Balkh province in northern Afghanistan, CNN reported. A spokesman for the provincial governor said the Taliban carried out the killings in a remote district.

Tabish Forugh of the Independent Election Commission said the security situation has become so bad that 1,030 of the 6,835 polling stations have been shuttered. He said 26 election workers have been wounded in addition to the 21 killed.

The U.S. Embassy warned U.S. nationals to exercise caution in the run-up to the election and the days afterward.

NATO troops will join 52,000 members of the Afghan military and security forces in protecting polling stations and voters against threatened Taliban attacks.

"Every vote cast by an Afghan in these elections ... is a perfect statement against the Taliban," Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, a NATO spokesman, told reporters Thursday. "Every time someone votes in a polling station, the Taliban loses."

(Source: UPI )
 

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