Female Judges shot dead in Kabul

Unknown gunmen shot dead two female judges in PD10 of Kabul, today, Sunday, January 17, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court confirms.

Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, spokesperson for Afghanistan Supreme Court, told Kabul Now that the incident took place on Sunday morning in Qala-e-Fathullah area of PD10 of Kabul.

Unknown gunmen opened fire at a vehicle carrying two female government workers at around 8:30 AM local time, killing two women and wounding their driver, Kabul police said.

Mr. Qaweem said the man who was driving the car was wounded in the incident.

No group has claimed responsibility.

A surge in targeted killings has intensified in the country.

On January 12, the Taliban, as claimed by local security officials, targeted an employee of Kabul Bank in the southern Ghazni city.

Independent observers and Afghan security authorities claim the Taliban have made a shift in their war tactics, targeting journalists, rights activists, moderate religious leaders, and women rights activists in urban centers.

Over last couple of months of at least 12 people, including journalists, women rights activists, government employees and NGO workers, have been shot dead in targeted killings which went unclaimed.

Even with a peace talks between the government and the Taliban hobble in Doha, targeted killing of journalists and rights activists has intensified across Afghanistan.

For the first time in 19 years, the Afghan peace negotiators sat face to face with a Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar, on September 12, 2020. It took months until the two sides agreed on principle and terms of reference (TOR) for a substantive talks—the second round of talks which started on Saturday, January 09, in the Qatari capital.

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