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Afghans go to polls amidst Taliban attacks

Voting is underway in Afghanistan’s presidential poll amid heavy security and bomb attacks from insurgents.

More than 70,000 security forces have been deployed across the country to counter Taliban militants who have vowed to target polling stations.

The twice-delayed vote is taking place after Taliban-US peace talks collapsed earlier this month.

The two main candidates are the incumbent, Ashraf Ghani, and chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah.

They have shared power since 2014 in a unity government.

At least one person has been killed and 27 others wounded in bomb and mortar attacks on voting centres.

But in the southern city of Kandahar, women were seen standing in queues to vote, despite a bomb attack on a polling station.

Women voters make up 35% of the more than nine million Afghans registered to vote.

Turnout is expected to be low, but one voter said she would cast her vote even if it meant standing in long queues for hours.

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