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Taliban kill eight in Afghan court building

world Updated: Jun 06, 2016 10:23 IST

KABUL: Taliban gunmen stormed a court building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing seven people, including a newly appointed chief prosecutor, the latest in a series of insurgent attacks on judicial employees.

The attack began as the prosecutor, Akram Nejat, was addressing a ceremony to introduce him in his new position, said Nesar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai, deputy police chief of Logar province.

A statement from the interior ministry said 21 others, including six police officers, were wounded in the attack on the courthouse in Puli Alim, the provincial capital.

The three attackers were shot dead by Afghan security forces, the statement said.

The Taliban have increasingly targeted the judiciary since the government executed six convicted insurgents last month.

First Published: Jun 06, 2016 10:23 IST