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The third court official killed in less than a month after an Afghan judge was shot dead in an ambush in the eastern city of Jalalabad Wednesday, police said.
Judge Hafizullah was attacked as he headed to work in a motor trishaw, said Farid Khan, spokesman for Nangarhar province's police.
Gulzada Sangar, a doctor at Jalalabad public hospital, said Hafizullah had multiple bullet wounds, according to AFP.
The murder of Hafizullah, who like many Afghans goes by just one name, comes after militants shot dead two women judges working for the Supreme Court in Kabul on January 17.
Several prominent Afghans — including judges, clerics, journalists, activists and doctors — have been assassinated in often brazen daytime attacks.
Targeted killings with remotely detonated bombs attached to vehicles, or drive-by shootings, have become favoured tactics of insurgents, especially during the morning commute in big cities.
Earlier Wednesday a policeman was killed and three others wounded in Kabul by a bomb attached to their vehicle.
Four similar bomb blasts rocked the Afghan capital on Tuesday, including one that killed a prominent cleric.
The murder of cleric Mohammad Atif was later claimed by Daesh, according to the SITE monitoring group.
Daesh has claimed some of the target killings in the Afghan capital, but government officials blame the Taliban for the murders.
Separately, four security personnel were killed overnight by a car bomb at a military base in the restive southern province of Uruzgan, governor Mohammad Omar Shirzad told reporters.Deadly violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent months despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and government.
A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people, two days after gunmen attacked a maternity ward in the capital Kabul, killing women and newborn babies.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramurz confirmed the attack, which has not been claimed by any group. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemned the killings.
The incident occurred when the bus they were travelling in was hit by an explosive planted on the road in the city of Charikar, capital of Parwan province, interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian told reporters.
A local source said it took many hours to retrieve the body from the well, which was 6 metres deep, and they had to empty the well using pumps.
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