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Afghan gov't tightens security ahead of presidential runoff amid Taliban threats

English.news.cn   2014-06-13 19:08:15

by Haleem

KABUL, June 13 (Xinhua) -- As millions of Afghans are going to exercise their right of suffrage in the Afghan presidential runoff on Saturday, the government has put all security measures in place to ensure security for the second balloting.

In Kabul and other big cities, personnel of law enforcing agencies have been put on high alert to deal with any possible Taliban attacks.

The government has deployed police and army personnel in all roads, streets and sensitive areas in the capital Kabul to check anyone entering the city.

Security organs have also intensified patrolling in the city and check suspicious vehicles and travelers.

Former Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are on the run where anyone secures more vote than the other will succeed the outgoing president Hamid Karzai to lead the war-ravaged country for the next five years.

To ensure security for the runoff elections, the Afghan security forces have been exerting pressure on the Taliban militants elsewhere in the conflict-ridden country.

In the latest crackdown against Taliban militants, the security forces, according to the Interior Ministry, have killed 29 armed insurgents over the past 24 hours.

"Units of police backed by the national army have killed 29 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours," Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Friday.

During the operations which have been conducted in parts of Kunar, Kunduz, Logar, Khost, Helmand and Paktia provinces, eight more militants sustained injuries and three others arrested, the statement further said.

Meanwhile, Taliban militants who had failed to derail the April 5 presidential elections have once again vowed to disrupt the upcoming presidential runoff, which it described on its website on Wednesday as part of an "American conspiracy to continue its occupation of Afghanistan" and vowed to disrupt it.

In the statement, the armed outfit also called upon Afghans to boycott the presidential runoff voting, warning of dire consequences if anyone casts vote in the process.

But Afghan interior and defense ministries have downplayed the Taliban threat, saying the national security forces have taken necessary preparations to provide security for June 14 presidential runoff polls.

Editor: Fu Peng
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