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Daesh threatens to attack polling station in Iraq

An Iraqi man looks at the candidates' electoral campaign posters ahead of the parliamentary elections, in Baghdad, Iraq on 17 April 2018 [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency]
An Iraqi man looks at the candidates' electoral campaign posters ahead of the parliamentary elections, in Baghdad, Iraq on 17 April 2018 [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

Daesh said it would attack polling stations in Iraq during parliamentary election next month and that anyone who participated in the vote would be considered an infidel.

In an audio message released late yesterday the militant group's spokesman accused Iraq's Shia-led government of being a proxy of Iran and warned that anyone who runs or votes in the 12 May election would be targeted. Iraqi officials have said polling stations will be well protected.

"We warn you Sunnis of Iraq of these people [Shias] taking power. Polling stations are a target for us, so stay away from them," said Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajer.

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared final victory over the ultra hardline group in December but it still poses a threat from pockets along the border with Syria and has continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings across Iraq.

Read: Iraq sentences four foreign women to death over Daesh links

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