Gunmen kill Afghan judge and bodyguard

Gunmen killed a judge and his bodyguard in an attack in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, on the border with Iran on Monday, police said.

By (AP)

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Published: Mon 17 Mar 2014, 5:36 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:39 AM

Abdul Latif, a district judge in the province of Herat, and his bodyguard were in a car when they were shot and killed, provincial police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said.

Latif was a judge in Karukh district.

Ahmadi said police are investigating the attack and there were no arrests so far.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taleban and other insurgents frequently target Afghan officials as part of their campaign to undermine the Western-backed government.

The Taleban also have vowed to use force to disrupt Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential elections.

One of the contenders for vice-president in the elections is Ismail Khan, a former warlord from Herat.

Khan was previously the energy minister in Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s cabinet. There was no suggestion so far, however, that the attack was connected to the elections.

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