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World Afghanistan: two women judges shot dead in central Kabul

10:45  17 january  2021
10:45  17 january  2021 Source:   france24.com

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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 women were ambushed and killed as they were driving to work at the supreme court, a spokesman for the court told the media.

Two women officials have been killed in a shooting in Kabul as violence between the Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying two officials in the center of the Afghan capital Kabul on Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the attorney general's office, told AFP that: "They were judges working for the

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Two female judges working for Afghan Supreme Court were shot dead in Kabul on Sunday morning. The attack has not been claimed.

An attack targeting two female judges working for the Afghan Supreme Court was carried out on Sunday January 17th in Kabul. The two magistrates were shot dead in the center of the Afghan capital. This is the latest attack in a series of targeted assassinations that have affected figures in civil society for several months. "Unfortunately, we lost two women judges in today's attack. Their driver is injured," Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, spokesperson for the institution, told AFP.

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Two women judges working for the Supreme Court were shot dead in Kabul on Sunday, according to officials. The women were targeted by gunmen while travelling to their The deaths are the latest in a string of assassinations in recent months targeting journalists, activists and other political figures.

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

Supreme Court targeted

"Armed men attacked (their) vehicle," he said, adding that the two women were on their way to their workplace when they were murdered. More than 200 female judges work for the Supreme Court, he said.

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.

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. 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.

Few claims but accusations

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A wave of assassinations continues to rattle Afghanistan . (Representational). Kabul : Gunmen shot dead two Afghan women judges working for the supreme court in the country's capital early Sunday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations continues to rattle the nation.

Two female government employees were shot dead in a vehicle by unidentified armed men in the Qala-e-Fatullah area of Kabul City on Sunday Morning. Both women were shot and killed on spot, two other employees were reported wounded. The unknown gunmen were reportedly on a Bicycle when

Targeted killings are rarely claimed, but the Afghan authorities have blamed them on the Taliban, even though the Islamic State organization has 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 spokesman wrote on Twitter on Twitter. US forces in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett.

Sunday's double assassination comes two days after

Washington's announcement of a recent reduction in US forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 men, the lowest number since the September 11 attacks. The Taliban welcomed the announcement, which they described Sunday as "a positive step."

Almost daily violence

Last February, President Donald Trump's administration signed an agreement with the Taliban which confirms a complete withdrawal of American troops by May-2021 in exchange for security guarantees. Since then, insurgents have attacked 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.

With AFP

Afghanistan should be wary of a government with power sharing .
Lebanon has shown us the risks of this state model.It is a tempting proposition, and Afghans have had a taste of power sharing in recent years, starting with Hamid Karzai's appointment as president with a diverse ethnic cabinet, and then between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah after an election dispute. But the dangers of this "consociational" arrangement outweigh the benefits. Look no further than the disaster that befell Lebanon.

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