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Abdullah representative stabs 4 election workers

Abdullah representative stabs 4 election workers

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Aug 19, 2014 - 20:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Four Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) workers were attacked with knives by a representative of presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday, an official said.

The injured staffers were evacuated in an ambulance to a Kabul hospital, a reliable source in the commission confided to Pajhwok Afghan News. The stabbing incident happened at about 5.30pm.

Police reached the IEC headquarters after the attacker and other members of the Reform and Unanimity team had already escaped. No official word about the commission staffers’ condition was immediately available.

Identified as Khalid, Abdullah’s representative allegedly attacked a worker who had shifted a ballot box from the IEC store to the recount centre. The ballot box contained 225 invalid votes.

Khalid went on to stab three other commission staffers who came to their colleague’s rescue. Fazlur Rahman Orya, a member of Abdullah’s camp, confirmed the incident but he would not say who the assailant was.

Dr. Ashraf Ghani’s representative Mohammad Halim Fidaee, meanwhile, vehemently denounced the assault. A former governor of Maidan Wardak province, he accused the rival side of trying to sabotage the election process.

Reform and Unanimity team leaders were instigating their observers into disrupting the vote audit, threatening workers and creating a law and order situation.

“With 55 percent of ballot boxes reviewed so far, Abdullah’s camp is seeing its imminent defeat. Our opponents are trying to influence the final outcome in whatever way they can and that’s why they are intent upon creating impediments.”

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