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Taliban Claims 30 Kidnappings on Election Eve

Friday, 17 September 2010 01:14 PM

The Taliban on Friday claimed to have kidnapped 30 campaign workers, election officials and even a candidate for Parliament as Afghans prepared to vote in elections Saturday, The New York Times reports.

Government officials confirmed most of the kidnappings.

On Thursday evening in northern Badghis Province, 8 workers with the Independent Election Commission and 10 campaigners for a candidate went to meet with village elders in Qolghai, in Muqur District, about opening a polling station, but armed Taliban insurgents in the village took them prisoner, according to Sharafuddin Majidi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

In eastern Afghanistan, a candidate, Mollawi Hayatullah Purqani, was driving in the Alishing District of Laghman Province on Friday morning when he was stopped by the Taliban and taken away, according to Abdul Rahman Muhabat, head of the election commission in the province, who said that others with Mr. Purqani may have been kidnapped as well.

Hours after the reports of the kidnappings, the deputy minister of the interior in charge of police, Gen. Munir Mohammed Mangar, said at a news conference here that preparations for protecting the elections were proceeding peacefully. “I promise our people they will be secure,” he said. “There won’t be any problems.”

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