Two female judges working for the Afghan Supreme Court were shot dead in Kabul on Sunday morning, January 17.
“Unfortunately, we lost two female judges in today’s attack. Their driver is injured ”, confirmed Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, spokesperson for the institution.
“Armed men attacked | their] vehicle ‘, he said, adding that the two women were on their way to their workplace when they were murdered. “More than 200 women judges work for the Supreme Court”, explained Mr. Qaweem to Agence France-Presse. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the two women were targeted in the center of town at 8:30 a.m.
Series of targeted assassinations
The country has been the scene in recent weeks of a series of targeted assassinations of personalities, including members of the media, politicians and human rights defenders. The Afghan authorities blamed the attacks on the Taliban, although ISIS claimed responsibility for some. The US military, meanwhile, last week blamed the Taliban for targeted attacks for the first time.
Sunday’s incident comes two days after Washington announced a recent reduction in US forces in Afghanistan to 2,500, the lowest numbers since the September 11 attacks.