Gunmen kill two women judges in Afghan capital

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) — Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul yesterday, 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 Taleban and Afghan government officials in Qatar.

Supreme Court of Afghanistan spokesman Ahmad Fahim Qawim said the women were judges who worked for the high court but he did not identify them by name.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack and Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgent group was not responsible.

Blood stains the ground at the scene where gunmen fired in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. AP

The Afghan government repeatedly blamed the Taleban for targetted killings in recent months and the insurgent group accuses the government of staging the killings to spoil the peace process.

The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks in the capital in recent months, including on educational institutions that killed 50 people, most of them students. IS has also claimed responsibility for rocket attacks in December targetting the major United States (US) base in Afghanistan. There were no casualties.

The Taleban and the Afghan government earlier this month resumed peace talks in Qatar. Negotiations were off to a slow start as the insurgent group continues attacks on Afghan government forces while keeping their promise not to attack the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) troops.