Afghan election candidate killed in Taliban attack

Published By ITCT News Desk On : October 17, 2018
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Afghanistan: Abdul Jabar Qahraman, who was preparing to contest Saturday’s elections, was killed in his office on Wednesday in the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

Another seven people were wounded in the attack claimed by the Taliban armed group, which is boycotting the crucial elections. According to Afghan officials, the explosive material was placed under his office seat.

Abdul Jabar Qahraman is the 10th candidate to be killed ahead of parliamentary polls boycotted by the Taliban. Another two have been abducted and four others were wounded in attacks.

Qahraman was a prominent Afghan politician. A former General who once fought for the Soviet Union before allying with U.S. after the invasion, he was believed to be close to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was designated President Ghani’s special security envoy in Helmand.

 

The Taliban in a statement warned teachers and students not to participate in the parliamentary elections due on 20 October, and not to allow schools to be used as polling centres.

“People who are trying to help in holding this process successfully by providing security should be targeted and no stone should be left unturned for the prevention and failure [of the election],” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in the statement.

More than 30 people have been killed in election-related violence over the past several weeks in the war torn country of Afghanistan. The election for the 249-member parliament has been delayed by nearly three years.

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