Afghan forces tighten security ahead of Saturday elections


KABUL -- Afghan security forces have increased their presence at checkpoints into Kabul city, aiming to prevent potential attacks ahead of Saturday (September 28)'s presidential elections, said the Interior Ministry Thursday (September 26).

"The Afghan police forces are manning the entry gates and are ordered to prevent the entry of trucks into Kabul starting today at 5pm," the ministry said in a statement.

"Also, the entry of mini-trucks is banned in the city until the end of the elections."

The move comes the same day as the Taliban issued a statement reiterating previous threats that anyone voting was at risk.

Pakistan announced Thursday that it was tightening security along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border during the elections.

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