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Canada Afghanistan: two female judges murdered in Kabul

12:55  17 january  2021
12:55  17 january  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Two female judges have been gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kabul , the latest in a string of attacks that have rocked Afghanistan ’s capital amid peace talks with the Taliban. FILE PHOTO: An Afghan security officer stands guard in Kabul , Afghanistan December 15, 2020.

Two woman judges have been killed in a shooting in Kabul as violence between the government and militants continues unabated. Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying two judges in the center of the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday morning, police reported.

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D They female judges working for the Afghan Supreme Court were shot dead in Kabul on Sunday morning, the latest in a series of targeted assassinations that have been affecting figures of civil society for several months.

"Unfortunately, we lost two women judges in today's attack. Their driver is injured," the institution's spokesman Ahmad Fahim Qaweem told AFP .

The murder has not yet been claimed, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has already blamed the Taliban.

The two women were traveling to their workplace in their vehicle when they were attacked by armed men, Qaweem said.

More than 200 female judges work for the Supreme Court, he added.

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Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the Supreme Court during an early morning ambush in the country's capital Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on February 11, 2020.

KABUL , Afghanistan — Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul on Sunday, killing two female judges who worked for Afghanistan ’s high court and wounding the driver, a court official said. It was the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government

The Supreme Court had already been the target of an attack in February 2017 during a suicide bombing targeting a crowd of employees that left at least 20 dead and 41 injured.

Mr. Ghani blamed Sunday's attack on the Taliban, whom he accused of waging "an illegitimate war".

"The government still wishes to reiterate to the Taliban that violence, terror, brutality and crimes (...) will only prolong the war in the country," he said in a statement released by the presidential palace .

To show their will to bring peace to Afghanistan , the Taliban "must agree to a permanent ceasefire," Ghani added.

'A revolting attack'

British Ambassador to Afghanistan Alison Blake condemned a "shocking targeted attack" on judges.

"We condemn this attack, and all other attacks against civilians, and call for an immediate investigation to find those responsible," she wrote on Twitter .

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Two female judges working in Afghanistan 's Supreme Court have been gunned down in Kabul as a wave of assassinations grips the conflict-ridden country. The judges were attacked and shot dead while commuting to work in a government vehicle, Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesman for the court told

KABUL , Afghanistan — Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul on Sunday, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan ’s high court and wounding the driver, a court official said. It was the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government

The country has been the scene in recent weeks of a series of targeted assassinations of personalities, including members of the media, politicians and human rights defenders.

Many journalists and activists, worried for their safety, have fled the country.

Members of the security forces are also often targeted. On Saturday, two police officers were killed in Kabul in the explosion of a roadside mine as they passed.

Targeted killings are rarely claimed, but Afghan authorities blamed them on the Taliban, even though ISIS claimed some.

The US military blamed the Taliban for the first time last week for targeted attacks.

"The Taliban campaign of unclaimed attacks and killings targeting government officials, civil society leaders and journalists must (...) end for peace to prevail," the spokesperson wrote on Twitter. of US forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Sonny Leggett.

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Violence and talks

Sunday's double assassination comes two days after Washington announced a recent reduction in US forces in Afghanistan to 2,500, the lowest number since the September 11 attacks.

The Taliban welcomed this announcement, which they described Sunday as a "positive step".

Last February, the administration of President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban which endorses a complete withdrawal of American troops by May-2021 in exchange for security guarantees.

Since then, the insurgents have attacked the Afghan forces almost daily in the countryside.

In 2020, they carried out more than 18,000 attacks, Afghan intelligence chief Ahmad Zia Siraj said last week.

Violence has only increased across the country in recent months, despite ongoing peace negotiations in Doha, Qatar , between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

These talks, which started in September, are progressing very slowly, and the two sides are now trying to agree on the agenda for the talks.

17/01/2021 11:05:14 - Kabul (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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