UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Another explosion took place near a polling station in Afghanistan, where the presidential election is held on Sunday – in the city of Jalalabad in the province of Nangarhar, one person died in an explosion, four were injured, a RIA correspondent reports citing a source at the scene.
“One person died, four were injured at a polling station at Amarkhel School in the Sarhud area of Nangarhar,” the source said.
Earlier explosions occurred at a polling station in the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, where one person was killed, and in Kandahar, where 15 people were injured.
Polling stations in Afghanistan opened Saturday morning.
The presidential election is held amid the tense situation in Afghanistan after the interrupted negotiations between the radical Taliban movement and the United States about peace in the country and Taliban threats to disrupt the elections.
About two weeks before the elections in Afghanistan, a series of terrorist attacks occurred, the victims of which were dozens of people. According to media reports, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
15 candidates take part in the elections, among which experts highlighted incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and his rival in the 2014 elections, and now the head of the executive branch, Abdullah Abdullah. Initially, there were 18 candidates, later three withdrew their candidacy, two of them supported the incumbent president.
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