>> Afghanistan went to the voting booth on Saturday in a parliamentary election that's been marred by violence, including the capital Kabul itself. A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people there and wounded more than 25 others. Voting in the southern province of Kandahar had to be postponed, too, after the assassination of one of the country's top police commanders.
General Abdul Raziq was shot when his bodyguard turned on him just moments after he met with the United States' top commander in the country. General Scott Miller was unharmed in the attack. It's thought he was saved by his body armor. Only around 5,000 out of a planned 7,000 polling stations have been able to open due to security concerns.
That's despite thousands of police and soldiers having been deployed around the country. The election is a crucial test for Afghanistan's fragile democracy. There were concerns that Thursday's assassination of Raziq, which has been claimed by the Taliban, would stop people voting. And in the past two months alone, at least nine candidates in the election have been killed in various attacks.
On Saturday morning, President Ashraf Ghani visited a polling station to cast his vote, encouraging all Afghanis to do the same.