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Afghan officials blame the Taliban for the attacks, a charge the armed group denies.

Two female judges were killed by unidentified armed men in an ambush on Sunday morning in the Afghan capital.

The attack on the Supreme Court justices took place on their way to work, said Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesman for the court. Kabul police confirmed the attack.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, and Taliban armed group spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group was not responsible.

Violence has exploded across Afghanistan in recent months despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the government – particularly in Kabul where a new trend of targeted assassinations targeting prominent figures has sowed fear in the country. city.

The latest attack comes two days after the Pentagon announced it had reduced the level of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 2,500, the lowest in nearly two decades.

Large-scale murders

More than 200 female judges work for the country’s highest court, Qaweem said.

The Afghan Supreme Court was a target in February 2017 when a suicide bombing in its parking lot killed at least 20 court workers and injured 41.

In recent months, several prominent Afghans – including politicians, journalists, activists, doctors and prosecutors – have been murdered in often brazen daytime attacks in Kabul and other cities.

Afghan officials blamed the Taliban for the attacks, a charge the militia denied. Some of these killings have been claimed by the armed group ISIL (ISIS).

Earlier this month, the U.S. military for the first time directly accused the Taliban of orchestrating the attacks.

“The Taliban’s campaign of unclaimed attacks and targeted assassinations of government officials, civil society leaders and journalists must … stop for peace to succeed,” spokesman Col Sonny Leggett said on Twitter. US forces in Afghanistan.



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