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Afghan police kill militants who cut off elders' ink-stained fingers after presidential runoff

The Taliban members who cut off the fingers of a group of elderly men after they voted in Saturday's presidential runoff have been killed, Afghan security forces claimed Sunday.
By JC Finley   |   June 16, 2014 at 8:24 PM   |   Comments

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KABUL, Afghanistan, June 16 (UPI) -- Afghan security forces claimed to have killed two Taliban militants who allegedly cut off the ink-stained fingers of elderly men after voting in the presidential runoff on Saturday.

In Afghanistan, those who cast ballots at polling stations dip a finger into an ink pot to register their ballot.

United Nations Special Envoy Jan Kubis condemned the attack but insisted it was a futile attempt to silence the voices of voters. "By their vote, they already defeated those who promote terror and violence," Kubis maintained.

The Taliban, who warned they would disrupt the election, asserted they had nothing to do with the assault on the elderly men.

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