Kabul - Afghan security forces killed two militants blamed for cutting off the fingers of 11 voters in western Afghanistan, the government said Tuesday.

Militants cut one ink-dyed finger off each of 11 voters who had cast their ballots Saturday in the presidential polls in the province of Herat, the Ministry of Interior said.

The victims said their attackers had told them “to go and ask the candidate you voted for to get your fingers back.” Afghan security forces led a search for the perpetrators after the crime was reported in Rabat district of the province.

Two militants were killed, and a third injured, the ministry said. The Taliban, who had warned that they would disrupt the election, backed away from the incident, saying they had nothing to do with the attack on the 11 elderly men.