Taliban gunmen storm election office near Afghan presidential candidate's home




 
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March 25th, 2014  
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Topic: Taliban gunmen storm election office near Afghan presidential candidate's home


By Hamid Shalizi and Maria Golovnina KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers and gunmen in Afghanistan attacked an election commission office beside the home of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, rattling nerves in the Afghan capital less than two weeks before a crucial election. Kabul is on high alert ahead of the April 5 presidential vote that Taliban insurgents have threatened to derail through a campaign of bombings and assassinations. Ghani, a former World Bank official and frontrunner in the vote, was not at home at the time of the attack, for which the Taliban took responsibility. Security is tight in Kabul ahead of the election, which is designed to mark Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power.




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