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Two female judges shot dead in Kabul as wave of killings continues

Gunmen have shot dead two female supreme court judges during an early morning ambush in Kabul, according to officials, as a wave of assassinations continues to rattle Afghanistan.

The attack happened as they were travelling to their office in a court vehicle on Sunday, said Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a court spokesman.

“Unfortunately we have lost two women judges in today’s attack. Their driver is wounded,” Qaweem said.

“The vehicle was transporting the women judges to their office.”

They were among more than 200 female judges working for the country’s top court, the spokesman said.

Kabul police confirmed the attack. “They were judges working for the supreme court,” said Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.

Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent months, especially in Kabul where a new trend of targeted killings of high-profile figures has sown fear and chaos.

The latest attack comes two days after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500 – the lowest level during the nearly two decades of war.

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