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Last campaign day before Afghan vote marred by Taliban suicide bomb

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Last campaign day before Afghan vote marred by Taliban suicide bomb


At least six Afghan policemen were killed on Wednesday when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside the country’s Interior Ministry in Kabul.

It was the latest in a series of attacks ahead of Saturday’s presidential election, which the Islamists have vowed to disrupt, and came on the last day of campaigning.

“Our enemy is always one step ahead of us. But what can we do, wait and do nothing? We have to help each other and stop the enemy. Our brothers and sisters lost their lives today. And of course it’s very sad for all of us,” said one woman, a Kabul resident.

Officials said in northern Afghanistan nine civilians were killed by the Taliban.

It has described as “fake” the election process, warning people not to take part. The vote comes at a crucial time, with most foreign troops preparing to leave the country.

Euronews correspondent Mustafa Bağ is in Kabul, and reported from the scene of the blast:

“This road leads to Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry. Normally civilians and cars are not allowed to use it. But today at midday a suicide attacker entered the main gate, went very close to the ministry building and blew himself up. It’s another reminder that ahead of presidential elections, important sites are at risk.”

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