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Taliban attack kills 8 election officials in Afghanistan

Taliban attack kills 8 election officials in Afghanistan

Aziz Ibrahimi, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, said Sunday that the employees were in the district of Maruf conducting voter registration, when Saturday night’s attack occurred.A defense ministry’s deputy spokesman, Fawad Aman, says Taliban detonated four stolen Humvees full of explosives outside the district’s police headquarter, where the election officials were staying.

The defense ministry did not immediately say whether security forces were also wounded or killed in the explosions.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban are currently holding peace talks with the US in Qatar, over ending the country’s long-running war.