Unidentified gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the Supreme Court during an early morning ambush in the country’s capital on Sunday, the latest in a string of assassinations targeting journalists, activists and other political figures.
Violence continues to escalate across Afghanistan in recent months despite peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government being held in Qatar.
The latest attack comes as outgoing US President Donald Trump continues to withdraw troops out of the country, currently now numbering only 2,500, the fewest in nearly two decades.
On Friday, Afghanistan’s vice-president, Amrullah Saleh, said Washington had made a mistake in conceding too much to the Taliban and said a US pull-out would mean more violence in an unstable country.
The ambush of the judges also wounded their driver. The incident happened in the Qala-e-Fathullah area of Kabul and no group has claimed of carrying out the attack.
Suspicion has fallen on the Taliban for recent assassinations, but the militants have not acknowledged carrying them out.
The targeted killings have carried on despite on-going peace talks being held between the representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha. (Source: BBC)