Taliban warns Afghans not to vote in run-off election

June 02, 2014 06:38 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 06:50 pm IST - Kabul

Taliban militants on Monday threatened to target the second round of voting in Afghanistan’s presidential election, warning people to stay away from polling stations.

The two lead candidates in the first round of voting — Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — are competing in a run-off on June 14.

“Mujahideen are once again fully prepared to operate against the workers and polling stations in the second phase of these counterfeit elections,” the group said in a statement.

“Therefore, you should remain far away from polling stations on June 14 lest you should be hurt or killed,” it added.

The insurgent group had threatened to attack the first round of voting, which took place on April 5, but there was no major violence on the day.

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