4 NATO troops among 16 killed in suicide attack in Afghanistan
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 8, 2014
KABUL — Four soldiers of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan were killed Tuesday in a suicide attack in the east of the country, the coalition statement said.
The statement by the International Security Assistance Force did not specify the nationality of the victims, but media in the Czech Republic reported that four Czech troops died in a suicide attack on Tuesday.
Two Afghan police officers and 10 civilians also died in the attack, and one Czech soldier was badly injured, according to the Czech news website iDNES.cz.
According to ISAF’s latest statistics, 250 Czech troops are serving in the international force.
The attack came a day after Afghanistan’s electoral commission announced preliminary results of the second and final round of the country’s disputed presidential election.
Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani was in the lead with 56 percent of the votes, His rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, garnered 43 percent of the votes, according to the early results.
The commission said no winner could be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud.
Almost immediately after the second vote took place on June 14, Abdullah began complaining of massive fraud. He accused election commission officials, local leaders and his political opponents of conspiring to rig the election. He had sought a delay in the counting process until investigations into his allegations were completed.
The U.S. State Department has called for a comprehensive probe into allegations of irregularities in the electoral process.