Two Supreme Court Judges Shot Dead in Kabul

Two female Supreme Court judges have been shot dead by unknown gunmen on Jan. 17 in the capital of Afghanistan amid peace talks between Islamic military movement Taliban and the Afghanistan government.

Two female Supreme Court judges have been shot dead by unknown gunmen on Jan. 17 in the capital of Afghanistan amid peace talks between Islamic military movement Taliban and the Afghanistan government.

The judges, who have not been named, were driving to work in a court vehicle when unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed and assassinated them early in the morning in Kabul. The attackers then drove away after firing the shots.

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

United States Chargé d’affaires Ross Wilson in Kabul said that the U.S. condemned the assassinations and called for a “prompt investigation.”

“The Taliban should understand that such actions, for which it bears responsibility, outrage the world and must cease if peace is to come to Afghanistan,” Wilson stated in a tweet.

However, Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that the group was not responsible for the attack.

The latest attack is the latest in a wave of assassinations targeting political figures, activists, and journalists in the country in recent months, and it took place just two days after the Pentagon in the U.S. announced the reduction of the number of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500.

Afghan Vice-President Amrullah Saleh told BBC News last Jan. 15 that the withdrawal of U.S. troops would lead to more violence in the Central Asian country and that the U.S. made a mistake in conceding too much to the Taliban.

“The Taliban were terrorists. They are terrorists today. They are killing women, activists, civil rights activists,” Saleh said.


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