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Taliban kidnap election candidate in northern Afghanistan

AfghanistanTaliban kidnap election candidate in northern Afghanistan

Taliban kidnap election candidate in northern Afghanistan

KABUL: The Taliban militants have kidnapped a candidate running for a seat in the provincial council and seven other persons last night in the northern Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan, Governor Abdul Jabar Haqbeen said on Monday.

The incident occurred a few days before the war-torn country will hold its third presidential and provincial council elections since the fall of the Taliban.

Haqbeen said that the candidate Hussain Nazari and seven others were travelling in a taxi to the provincial capital and had no security escort with them. Meanwhile, the Taliban militants abducted them and taken them to an undisclosed location, he said.

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The governor said that elders in the area are trying to negotiate with the Taliban to get Nazari and the others released.

The Afghan Taliban have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the polls scheduled for April 5, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces in the run-up to election day.

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