In the 193 attacks against the security forces and polling stations in Afghanistan by Taliban, 67 people died and 126 were injured, who threatened to target Saturday’s parliamentary elections, held for three years late Were.
The attacks killed in the elections started at 7 o’clock and continued till 6 o’clock, Deputy Home Minister Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi told reporters.
The attacks included suicide bombings in Kabul, 76 raids against polling stations across the country, a dozen blasts near those polling stations, as well as armed fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces.
The minister said that 27 people were killed and nearly 100 injured, while at least nine members of the security forces were killed and 25 were injured.
In addition, 31 Taliban rebels were killed and 18 arrested.
According to the subcontinent minister, the number of attacks on Saturday happened in 2014 during the presidential election.
Despite the violence, President’s spokesman Haroon Chakhanosori described the elections as “success” and “defeat for terrorists”.
According to the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, officials deployed 70,000 soldiers and police officers to provide security during Saturday’s election.
The Taliban warned the Afghans that they would target all polling stations and urged people against voting.
Taliban spokesman Zaheehullah Mujahid said, “The enemy is being attacked by the mujahideen at enemy polling stations across the country, the countrymen should save themselves from participating in this fake process to save their life and for the implementation of the evil schemes of the enemy Should not be an instrument. ” Said in a statement.
Another Taliban spokesman, Kari Youssef Ahmadi, claimed that 400 assaults were made in which “soldiers and police were killed or injured,” they said that “election failed”.
The election was initially planned to be held in 2015, but due to security challenges and political and economic instability, it was delayed for three years.
These elections have been seen as a trial in the form of a trial before the presidential elections in April 2019, along with the situation of Afghanistan’s fragile democracy.
This was the first time that the Afghan government was responsible for security during the elections because NATO had ended its combat operations in the country in 2014.