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Afghanistan presidential campaign opens, marred by violence
Afghanistan presidential campaign opens, marred by violence

KABUL, Afghanistan — The campaign to succeed Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially began Sunday amid deep uncertainty about the prospects for a peaceful election after two aides to a leading candidate were killed in the normally peaceful western city of Herat. The aides to Abdullah Abdullah, a prominent opposition politician who was runner-up to Karzai in the disputed 2009 election, were shot and killed by unknown gunmen outside a campaign office where they had just concluded a meeting Saturday evening, officials in Herat said. The killings cast an immediate shadow over the campaign for the April 5 election, a crucial test of the Afghan government’s ability to manage a...

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