The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local):
A Kabul police official says a second small explosion has been reported just hours after parliamentary election polls opened in Afghanistan.
Jan Agha says a “sticky bomb” placed beneath the vehicle of an intelligence official exploded Saturday in the Karte Se neighborhood in the west of the capital.
There were no immediate report of injuries but security officials are on high alert as both the upstart Islamic State affiliate and Taliban have vowed to disrupt polling
A small explosion has frightened voters who had lined up at a polling station in the Qarabagh neighborhood, north of Kabul, to cast their ballot in the first parliamentary elections since 2010.
There were no injuries in the first act of violence to be reported since polls opened at 7 a.m. Saturday.
More than 50,000 Afghan security forces are deployed throughout the country to protect 21,000 polling stations.
The Taliban have warned of violence and told students and teachers to refuse to allow their schools to be used in voting. Education Minister Mohammad Mirwais Balkhy says 5,500 schools throughout the country are being used for elections.
Tens of thousands of Afghan forces have fanned out across the country as voting began in parliamentary elections following a campaign marred by relentless violence.
The Independent Election Commission says 8.8. million Afghans are registered to vote in Saturday’s election. Wasima Badghisy, a commission member, called voters “very, very brave” and says a turnout of 5 million will be a success.
In the run-up to the elections, two candidates were killed while polling in Kandahar was delayed for a week after a rogue guard gunned down the powerful provincial police chief.
Commission deputy spokesman Aziz Ismaili says no results will be released before mid-November and final results will not be out until later in December.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani marked his ballot as polls opened at 7 a.m.
Source: The Associated Press