Taliban Chops Off Fingers of Afghan Voters

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2009 4:17 PM CDT
An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote, during the presidential election day at a polling station in Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – The Taliban is following through on its threat to chop off the fingers of Afghan voters, the Los Angeles Times reports. In southern Afghanistan, considered the most hazardous place for Afghans to vote, militants attacked two voters and cut off their ink-dyed fingers, authorities said. A third case is under investigation in an eastern province.