Afghan security forces killed two militants blamed for cutting off the fingers of 11 voters in western Afghanistan, the government said on Tuesday.

Militants cut one ink-dyed finger off each of 11 voters, who had cast their ballots on Saturday in the presidential polls in the province of Herat, the Interior Ministry said.

The victims said their attackers had told them “to go and ask the candidate you voted for to get your fingers back.”

Afghan security forces led a search for the perpetrators after the crime was reported in Rabat district of the province.

Two militants were killed, and a third injured, the Ministry said.