Afghanistan’s pre-election violence is unrelenting. In one of the latest incidents, three armed men in a bank building in central Kabul were killed by police.
The Taliban claimed claimed it was an attack on a government target. The police said they were just robbers. Afghanistan is holding elections tomorrow, and the militants have been wreaking havoc, to intimidate people into not going out to vote. Coming on the heels of numerous other attacks across the country, yesterday a suicide bomber killed nine civilians and a NATO soldier in the Afghan capital. The United Nations envoy in Kabul listed a whole range of problems to overcome: “These challenges that we face are well documented and you are all aware of them. They are challenges of security primarily and it’s also all the challenges in organising a polling day in a place which is in conflict, has weak institutions, weak infrastructure.” Organisers are persevering with preparations for both presidential and provincial polls. In spite of the surge in violence, a spokesman for the NATO-led force in Afghanistan said less than one percent of polling stations are at risk of attack this Thursday.