KUNDUZ: A bomb blast at a voter registration centre in northern Afghanistan killed at least two people and wounded two others, officials said on Wednesday, the latest attack on a process already marred by violence.

The bomb was placed in a school used as a voter registration centre in Pul-e-Kho­mri, the capital of northern Baghlan province, provincial spokesman Mahmood Haqmal told AFP. “One po­­lice and one employee of the election commission were killed and two police have been wounded,” he said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State group in Afg­h­a­­nistan have vowed to disrupt the parliamentary and district council elections scheduled for October 20. Wedn­es­day’s attack is the latest assault on a voter registration centre aimed at deterring people from signing up for the long-delayed polls.

Separately, an Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked an army post in the western Badghis province, killing six soldiers and wounding seven. Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council, said the attack late Tuesday set off a two-hour gunbattle, with the insurgents stealing ammunition and two army vehicles. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the northern Baghlan province, police say a roadside bomb killed a civilian and wounded three others.

Published in Dawn, June 7th, 2018

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