KUNDUZ: A roadside bomb hit a truck carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai.
Eight boxes of votes were destroyed in the blast, which came as the three leading candidates voiced concerns about possible fraud.
Sayed Sarwar Hossaini, police spokesman for the province of Kunduz, said the truck was hit as it carried ballot boxes from polling stations to Kunduz city.
“The blast killed three people, including an IEC member, a policeman and a driver. The truck and eight ballot boxes were destroyed,” Hossaini said.
Amir Amza Ahmadzai, the head of the IEC in Kunduz, confirmed the incident.
Roadside bombs have been a key weapon for the Taliban in the bloody insurgency they have waged against Karzai’s government and its Western backers since being ousted from power in 2001.
In the run-up to the poll the Islamists urged their fighters to target election workers, voters and security forces to disrupt the vote, which they rejected as a foreign plot.
Saturday’s polling day passed off without major militant attacks, though casualties were reported from small incidents around the country.