Blast in Kabul on eve of polls

A rocket has exploded near the U.S. military compound in Kabul one day before Afghans vote to elect their president for the first time.While no casualties or damage were reported in the Friday morning attack, remnants of the hardline Taliban regime have long vowed to disrupt Saturday’s poll and have already killed election workers and targeted top government officials.Kabul and other cities have braced themselves for attacks from the Taliban fighters and their allies in the run-up to the election — the first since U.S.-led forces ousted the regime almost three years ago.The country’s interim president Hamid Karzai who himself has been targeted and is the frontrunner among 18 candidates, has told CNN he is confident the vote will be held successfully this weekend.”The Afghan people see this as their chance to build a better future, to take this country forward,” Karzai told CNN.”I hope those [security] preparations will be somehow be enough to prevent whatever threats or attacks that may come. Group Profile

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