KHOSTCITY (PAN): "I sell fresh fruits in market. I voted to help establish a fair system in the country," says Askar Muhammad, the first person exercising his franchise at a polling station in the capital of southeastern Khost province.

Muhammad, who was the first to visit the polling station in the First Police District, told Pajhwok Afghan News: "I am from Takhar province, but am living in Khost. I closed my shop to cast my ballot."

Polling in Khost province began 30 minutes behind schedule.

Meanwhile, an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle hit a roadside bomb on the eastern outskirts of KhostCity. Kochi Nasiri, spokesman for the governor, said one soldier was killed and another wounded as a result of the blast.

In Sabri district, a rocket fired from an unknown place hit a house, killing a woman.  Zahir Shah, a resident of the district, said: "The house was partially damaged in the attack and a woman and cow were killed."

Residents of Khost city say they heard explosions in various parts of the city. However, there was no immediate report of casualties.


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