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Afghanistan: Twelve dead in attempted presidential assassination

June 8, 2014

Free elections? Allah forbid!

The death toll from two explosions targeting Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah has doubled, with at least 12 confirmed dead.

Abdullah survived the assassination attempt on Friday when the blasts, including a suicide bombing, targeted his campaign motorcade in Kabul ahead of next week’s hotly contested run-off election.

It was the second attack on Abdullah during Afghanistan’s fractious election season, which has seen an uptick in violence with Taliban militants threatening to disrupt the polls.



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