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Afghan air raid kills 21 Taliban militants who gathered to disrupt election

11 Oct 2018 1TV News

2018-10-11 | 31 minute ago

Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Thursday 21 Taliban militants were killed in an air raid after they gathered to plan attacks on the upcoming parliamentary election.

The raid happened in Syed Abad district of central Maidan Wardak province, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.

The deaths include also senior Taliban militants including the provincial head of intelligence, Naqibullah, and district shadow governor, Samad Wazir.

Two more militants were arrested in the operation was carried out by special forces of NDS.

Afghanistan’s parliamentary election is due to be held in less than two weeks on October 20.

The Taliban this week warned that they would seek to disrupt the polls.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said on Thursday that despite significant security challenges, progress has been made by the country’s security forces in creating conditions for the majority of citizens to exercise their right to vote.

"Afghanistan’s security forces are fully responsible for providing security for the elections process," said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Adequate security is required to give the opportunity to as many eligible voters as possible to exercise their constitutional rights.”

Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA, emphasized that Afghans should not be obstructed, intimidated or denied their right to choose their representatives and shape their country's future. “Any violence or intimidation directed at voters, candidates or electoral officials is totally unacceptable, and I unequivocally condemn it,” the UN envoy stressed, noting recent attacks across the country against candidates, their teams and potential voters.

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