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Another pre-election bombing took place in Kabul last week, killing at 57 people and wounding over 100, including women and children outside a voter registration center.
There were ugly scenes outside the hospital where the wounded were taken with one protestor reportedly saying, “This government should take responsibility for the lives of all these innocent people lost every day. Nobody will go to vote anymore.”
Said another: “I found myself covered in blood, with dead people — women and children — around me”.
“This senseless violence shows the cowardice and inhumanity of the enemies of democracy and peace,” the John Bass, the US ambassador to Afghanistan Tweeted.
NATO and the UN condemned the bombing but admitted they were powerless to prevent happenings such as this and an earlier attack in Kabul that killed 33 people.
A witness to the latest attack said “Now we know the government cannot provide us security: we have to arm and protect ourselves.”
Meanwhile a roadside bombing in Baghlan killed six people, including three women and two children.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks as “heinous” and, other officials accused the Taliban and other militant groups around the country for being behind them.
Yet, authorities still hope to register up to 14 million adults at the 7,000 polling centers for the October 2018 elections. But the attacks continue time and again and this poses an insurmountable crisis.
It seems a hopeless situation, yet Ja ohn Nicholson, the US and NATO commanding general in Afghanistan, remains optimistic that the elections will be held on the due dates to usher in democracy. It’s vainglorious hope analysts read.
Neighboring Pakistan, also gearing up for an October election and itself a victim of the same malaise, doubts the problem will be resolved until the militants come to the talking table. But the Taliban say they will not until all vestiges of the foreign presence is removed.