The 15 injured in the bomb blast outside the Afghan mosque included a police officer and several election officials.
A doctor anonymously revealed that a bomb blast outside an Afghan mosque injured 15 people. A police officer and several election officials were hit and 3 are in critical condition.
The country has recently been hit by violence during its presidential elections. The Afghan mosque hit with the bomb blast was being used as a polling station in the elections.
The contenders of the elections are current President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah. Former president Hamid Karzai warned in an interview last week that the election could be destabilizing for a country in the midst of instability and uncertainty.
Thousands of police officials, intelligence people and the Afghan National Army members are currently deployed across Afghanistan to ensure the situation stays under control.
431 polling centers will stay closed due to concerns about their safety. These centers are under Taliban control and there is a danger of threat to nearby villages.
In Taimani, two-thirds of voters arrived early in the morning to vote, but were turned away because their names were not on the list. Potential voter Abdul Ghafoor said only 400 of the 3000 registered voters had their names on the list. He said, “But how can they do this? My vote won’t count if I am not on a list.”
Kunduz’s council member Ghulam Rabani said that these attacks are meant to “frighten people and force them to stay in their home and not participate in the election.” Due to the telecommunication networks being disrupted, the number of casualties was not clear.
This article will be updated as more information about the blast becomes public.
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