Dozens killed as multiple blasts rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul on Saturday amid rising tensions due to the long-delayed legislative elections.

At least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded, acting health ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer said, hours after the Taliban warned voters to boycott the ballot “to protect their lives”, the AFP reported.

Despite threats from militants, people waited at polling centres. However many polling centres refrained from opening until late afternoon. Long queues of voters were seen standing outside the polling centres waiting for their chance.

The series of attack was to threaten the people and prevent them from voting. It has been more than three years that the parliamentary elections in the Kabul have been delayed. Amid threats, nearly nine million people had registered to vote for the elections.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, which has spearheaded international efforts to keep Afghan organisers on track, on Friday called on voters to “exercise their constitutional right to vote”. The poll is seen as a crucial test for next year’s presidential election and an important milestone ahead of a UN meeting in Geneva in November where Afghanistan is under pressure to show progress on “democratic processes”. But there are concerns the results could be thrown into turmoil if the biometric verification devices are broken, lost or destroyed, the AFP reported. 

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