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Taliban cut off fingers of 2 Afghan voters

world Updated: Aug 22, 2009 12:57 IST

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An Afghan vote monitoring group says Taliban militants in Afghanistan's south cut off the fingers of two Afghan voters, carrying out a gruesome pre-election threat. Nader Nadery of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan says on Saturday two voters in southern Kandahar province _ the Taliban's spiritual birthplace _ lost their fingers. Nadery says the two fingers sliced off had been dipped in purple indelible ink, an anti-fraud measure, but one that identified voters to militants in dangerous, insurgent-held areas.

Rumors that militants would cut fingers off spread before Thursday's presidential vote. However, a Taliban spokesman said militants would not carry out such attacks.