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UN Condemns Killing of Election Worker in Afghanistan

The United Nations has condemned the killing of an Afghan election worker by suspected Taleban rebels, the first killing linked to parliamentary polls scheduled for September.

U.N. spokeswoman Ariane Quentier said the world body condemns any type of violence aimed at derailing the democratic process in Afghanistan.

Officials say suspected Taleban rebels surrounded a village Friday and shot the election worker as he came out of a mosque. The victim was part of a project educating villagers on how to cast their votes in Uruzgan province.

The killing has raised fears of further violence ahead of the September 18 parliamentary polls - the country's next key step toward democracy after 25 years of war.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.