Tue, 20 Nov 2018
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Erdenet

The United Nations says attacks and intimidation by the Taliban against last month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan resulted in a record number of civilian casualties.

In a November 6 report, the UN said militants had waged 'a deliberate campaign intended to disrupt and undermine the electoral process.'

It said at least 435 civilian casualties were recorded -- 56 people killed and 379 wounded -- during the October 20 election and subsequent days when delayed polling took place.

The Taliban, fighting to force foreign troops out of Afghanistan and defeat Kabul's Western-backed government, issued a series of threats against the elections that included three separate warnings in the days leading up to the vote.

There also were several attacks on voter-registration centers in the months before the election, some claimed by the Islamic State group.

The UN said attacks by antigovernment elements, mostly the Taliban, were carried out with rockets, grenades, mortars, and improvised explosive devices.

The United Nations also noted to a campaign of threats, intimidation, and harassment, including abductions before the election.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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