Blast near polling station in southern Afghanistan, four injured

Blast near polling station in Afghan province Logar, four injured

KABUL: An explosion occurred at a polling station in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Logar on Saturday that left at least four voters injured.

The incident took place a few hours after polling went underway in the war-torn country to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

“The blast took place close to a polling station which is a school building and wounded four voters, one critically,” Abdul Hameed, governor of the province’s Muhammad Agha district told a foreign news agency.

The presidential election began on Saturday, with Afghans going to more than 600 polling stations set up across the country to choose among eight candidates running for presidency.

In a statement the interior minister Omar Daudzai said that all of Afghanistan’s 400,000 troops are on duty across the country in order to prevent attacks on polling stations and voters by Taliban militants.

The Afghan Taliban have rejected the election as a foreign plot, and urged their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces.