7 Poll Workers Killed By Landmine Amid Historic Niger Vote

Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “7 Poll Workers Killed By Landmine Amid Historic Niger Vote”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Niger’s Electoral Commission workers count the ballots at a polling station during Niger’s presidential election runoff in Niamey on Sunday. In the country’s west, a vehicle carrying poll workers struck a landmine, killing seven and seriously wounding three others. It’s unclear if the vehicle was deliberately attacked. Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Niger’s Electoral Commission workers count the ballots at a polling station during Niger’s presidential election runoff in Niamey on Sunday. In the country’s west, a vehicle carrying poll workers struck a landmine, killing seven and seriously wounding three others. It’s unclear if the vehicle was deliberately attacked.

Seven workers with Niger’s election commission were killed in a landmine explosion during a day of voting that’s expected to bring the country’s first democratic transition of power since becoming an independent nation.

Media reports say a vehicle belonging to Niger’s election commission struck a landmine in the rural community of Dargol. The vehicle was carrying election workers to polling stations in the country’s southwest.

“They were leaving to drop off the ballot boxes and the members of the polling station,” Harouna Mounkaila, the commission’s vice president, told Reuters. Three other workers were seriously wounded, Mounkaila told the news service.

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