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Official: Roadside bomb kills 11 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan provincial official says 11 people, including election monitors, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the country’s north the day after its presidential runoff.

Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Samangan province, said Sunday that a minibus hit an IED the night before, with the blast killing six women, one child and four men in the provincial capital Aybak.

Azizi said four of the victims were employees of the country’s election commission, which organized Saturday’s vote.

In a separate incident, the Taliban cut off the fingers of 11 civilians on Saturday in western Herat province to punish them for voting in the presidential runoff, police spokesman Raoud Ahamdi said.

The Taliban had warned people not to participate in the vote.

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