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    Taliban hit Kabul election office


    by PressTV

    Taliban militants have attacked the headquarters of the Afghan Election Commission in the capital, Kabul, one week ahead of presidential election in the country.

    Officials said on Saturday that quick-response teams were dispatched to the area as rockets and gunfire were unleashed from a nearby building.

    The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the assault via a recognized Twitter account.

    Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi has said initial information indicates that "three or four attackers have occupied a building and are firing on the IEC office."

    The attack comes a day after Taliban militants raided a guesthouse frequented by foreigners in an upscale neighborhood of Kabul. Two people were killed in the incident.

    The Taliban say they will disrupt the vote, which is planned for April 5. The militants are said to be preparing to attack polling staff, voters and security forces in the run-up to the election day.

    On March 25, Taliban militants broke into a separate election commission office in Kabul, killing five people.

    Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent years despite the prolonged presence of foreign forces in the war-torn country since the US-led invasion in 2001.