Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

#UN mission in #Afghanistan voices concern as violence peaks ahead of elections

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan voiced concern over the level of violence around the campaigning period for the parliamentary elections.

In a report issued on Tuesday UNAMA urged all actors to halt all violence and intimidation against candidates and voters.

“I am outraged by attacks deliberately targeting civilians seeking to exercise their basic right to participate in elections,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

UNAMA has registered several attacks since campaigning formally began on 28 September, including the killing of a candidate and three security guards, as well as the shooting of another candidate’s agent and his son.

A suicide bomber struck an election rally in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding around 40.

Read more: UN mission in Afghanistan voices concern as violence peaks ahead of elections   – The National

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