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Taliban attacks kill 56, injure 379 on Afghan election day

Taliban attacks on the Afghan parliamentary elections left no fewer than 56 civilians dead and 379 wounded, the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report on Tuesday.

The majority of the casualties, 52 dead and 339 injured were attacked on Election Day, Oct. 20.

According to the report, those figures are higher than those recorded in four previous elections held in Afghanistan.

“Taliban militants fired rockets and mortars, dropped grenades and used improvised explosive devices on polling stations throughout the country,’’ the UN said.

Taliban militants, before elections, issued no less than three statements calling participation in the election a sin and a crime.

They vowed to do anything in their power to dismantle the election and asked tribal leaders, teachers and mullahs, or Islamic leaders, to hinder the electoral process.

Preliminary election results are set to be announced at the end of the month.

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