BREAKING: Gunmen ‘attack Afghan election HQ’ in Kabul

BREAKING: Gunmen ‘attack Afghan election HQ’ in Kabul

BREAKING: Gunmen ‘attack Afghan election HQ’ in Kabul

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

25 Mar, 2014 | 2:54 pm

Insurgents have attacked the headquarters of Afghanistan’s electoral commission in Kabul, police say.

Initial reports said the home of candidate Ashraf Ghani had come under fire, but police now say the election HQ is the focus of the attack.

They say insurgents have gained access to the main compound – it is not clear if there have been casualties.

The attack is the latest in the run-up to the 5 April vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.

It is unclear how many attackers are involved in the assault on the election commission. The Taliban are boycotting the election and have vowed to disrupt the vote.

Earlier, reports said gunfire and an explosion had been heard at the house of Mr Ghani in the capital. He was not at home, police said.

Ashraf Ghani is a former finance minister and World Bank official, and a leading candidate in the race succeed Hamid Karzai.

Mr Ghani is running for election on a ticket with the former Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum.

SOURCE: BBC

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