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By Rahim Faiez and Amir Shah
Copyright: The Associated Press
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Taliban gunmen abducted a candidate running for a seat in a provincial council in northern Afghanistan and seven members of his entourage, officials said Monday.
Insurgent attacks elsewhere in the country killed 18 people, part of a spike in violence in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s election. Afghans will go to the polls to choose a new president to replace Hamid Karzai and also elect members for its provincial councils.
The Taliban have vowed to use force to disrupt the vote, and last week barraged the election commission headquarters in Kabul with machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades.