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Appellate Judge and Relative, 8, Are Latest Victims in Afghanistan Assassination Campaign

Posted Feb 13, 2012 3:42 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An appellate judge in Afghanistan and his 8-year-old daughter or niece were shot and killed Saturday or Sunday. According to a government spokesman, the attack occurred when their vehicle was ambushed on the way home from a family visit.

However, other accounts said the slayings of Mohammad Nasir, a leader of the Kunar province appeals court, and the girl took place in a home they were visiting, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times.

The judge's wife and another five children were wounded in the attack.

Targeted killings of judges and government leaders by the Taliban and other insurgent groups have been a problem in recent years.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and no suspects have been arrested, the Khaama Press reports. Afghan police are investigating.

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