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Taliban Vows To Target Presidential Election

An Afghan woman shows her voters' registration card.
An Afghan woman shows her voters' registration card.
The Taliban is vowing to target Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election.

The group said in a statement emailed to news agencies on March 10 that "we have given orders to all our mujahedin to use all force at their disposal to disrupt these upcoming sham elections."

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban is telling clerics across the country to spread the word that the election is "an American conspiracy."

The statement said Taliban fighters would "target all workers, activists, callers, security apparatus, and offices" and that Afghans should reject the vote and not put themselves in harm's way by voting.

Previous Afghan elections have been marred by violence, with at least 31 civilians and 26 soldiers and police killed on polling day in 2009.

The April 5 election is to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP