Multiple explosions rock polling centers across Kabul

An Afghan woman searches for her candidate's name at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP)

Multiple explosions rocked polling centers across Kabul on Saturday, as voters cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections.

Voters were seen fleeing a school in the north of the Afghan capital after a blast, an AFP correspondent said, with witnesses reporting explosions at other polling centers.

A man told AFP "he was trying to vote but then had to run for his life after the blast" at the school that had been turned into a polling center.

He saw several casualties evacuated.

Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed another two explosions near polling centers.

There were no casualties because voters were inside the buildings, he told AFP.

At least one official said there were "fatalities and injuries" from the explosions.

The blasts come after the Taliban warned voters on Saturday to boycott the "sham and theatrical process to protect their lives".

Around 70,000 security forces have been deployed to protect polling centers across the war-torn country.

 

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