Two female Afghan judges have been shot dead by gunmen following an ambush in Kabul.
The early morning shooting occurred as the judges were driving to their office in a court vehicle. This is one of the latest assassinations to take place in Afghanistan as a new trend of targeting high-profile figures surges across Kabul.
Despite ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and government, violence continues to increase in Afghanistan.
President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban on this recent attack, which comes two days after the US reduced its troop levels in the country to 2,500 which is the lowest figure in nearly two decades.
Condemning the attacks, Mr Ghani stated, “The government once again reiterates its call on the Taliban that violence, terror, brutality and crimes … will only prolong the war in the country,” while accusing the Taliban of launching an “illegitimate war and hostility”.