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UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack in Kabul


United Nations: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned what it called “indiscriminate attack” in Kabul, which has killed at least eight civilians and injured more than 200 others, a UN spokesman said here.

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Nicholas Haysom, UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, on Friday reiterated the Mission’s repeated calls for the immediate ban on weapons which have been used to kill and maim indiscriminately, and to cease attacks in civilian-populated areas, Xinhua quoted UN spokesman Stephane Duarric as saying.

Earlier this week, the UN mission released its latest report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan, documenting nearly 5,000 casualties, including more than 1,500 deaths in the first half of 2015.

Reports said 240 civilians, including 47 women and three children were wounded in the blast which took place at around 1.00 a.m. on Friday in a populated area in the Afghan capital.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, reports hinted Taliban was behind the deadly attack.


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The Afghanistan Elections

This election saw people casting thier votes with the help of biometric systems.

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An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan.VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections have been eventful with the threat of the Taliban’s attack and the constant violence and chaos that has followed and continues in the country. Out of 8.8. million registered people, 3 million people actually cast their votes in the ballot. The biggest turnout was recorded in Kabul.

The Taliban Militant have urged people not to vote since they see this process as an outsider’s attempt to further control the country. Recently, A candidate of parliamentary elections, Omar Zwak was killed in a bombing attack. The Taliban has since claimed the responsibility of this and many other explosions.

These are the first parliamentary elections since 2010 in Afghanistan that has been half seized by the Taliban. The US-backed government is full of corruption and the citizens of the country do not expect a fair election.

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An Afghan woman casts her vote during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

The United Nations have urged people to vote and exercise their ‘constitutional right to vote’. This election also saw people casting their votes with the help of biometric systems that posed a definite obstruction in the process of voting since the trained officials didn’t show up during the voting.

The results of the poll is expected to be released in mid-November.

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