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Suspected rebels kill judge in Afghanistan

Farah's deputy civil court judge, Sheikh Mohammed, was shot dead after he left a Sunni Muslim mosque.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 17:57 IST

Suspected Taliban gunmen on motorcycles killed an Afghan judge after he left a mosque prayer service in the western Farah province, the provincial governor said on Wednesday.

Farah's deputy civil court judge, Sheikh Mohammed, was shot dead after he left a Sunni Muslim mosque following evening prayers on Tuesday in Farah city, about 750 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kabul, Gov Izadullah Wasfi said.

"Two Taliban militants on motorcycles waited for Judge Mohammed as he left the mosque and shot him dead before speeding away," Wasfi said.

An investigation was under way and no arrests had been made. Radical remnants of the toppled Taliban regime have been targeting Afghan officials and US-led coalition forces in an incessant campaign of violence aimed at derailing this war-ravaged country's American-backed government.

First Published: May 03, 2006 10:55 IST