113 attacks across Afghanistan by Taliban on presidential elections day: Report
MOSCOW - At least 32 people were reportedly killed and 123 more injured in 113 attacks across Afghanistan on the day of the presidential election. According to the Pajhwok news agency, the Taliban Islamist movement claimed responsibility for at least 64 attacks.
Afghan citizens voted on Saturday to elect the country's president in an election that saw around 9.5 million people registered for casting their ballots, Sputnik has reported.
The Taliban said earlier on Saturday that the group had blocked access to polling places in some provinces, preventing local residents from voting.
Earlier in the day, at least 2 people were killed and 35 more injured in the attack at a polling venue in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. The attacker reportedly placed explosives on a bicycle and detonated it near the polling centre.
The Taliban, which repeatedly threatened earlier to disrupt the Afghan presidential voting, also launched an attack on the city of Kunduz, which significantly weakened after the voting had come to an end. The unstable situation in the city urged many voters to refrain from casting ballots.
Overall, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid reportedly claimed on Saturday that the attacks included the country's capital link of Kabul, as well as provinces of Kunar, Paktia, Parwan, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Laghman, Paktika, Khost, Logar, Balkh, Kapisa, Jowzjan, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Takhar, Nuristan, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Daikundi, Zabul and Nimroz.