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Taliban Threatens to Kill Teachers, Students Organising Afghan Polls

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:26 GMT

Afghanistan’s Taliban terrorist group has threatened to kill any civilians, teachers and even students who are involved in organising the upcoming presidential vote, according to Reuters.

"Do not allow election organisers to turn your schools and institutions into electoral centres, and teachers and students should not work as electoral staff," said the Taliban statement.

"We do not want to cause the loss of lives and financial losses for civilians, teachers and students," it said.

On Wednesday September 18th a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a government building in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, a city where both Taliban and Isis are active.

The country does not hire teachers or students as election workers said Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's election commission. However, they can volunteer, he added.

"We are committed to holding elections on the announced date, and such threats from the Taliban cannot prevent us from holding them," the spokesman said.

President Donald Trump on Monday September 9th said that long-running peace talks with the Taliban that were meant to pave the way for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan are now "dead.”

"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead," he said at the White House.