Gunmen kill Afghan prosecutor, 4 others in courthouse attack

AP , Sunday 5 Jun 2016

Taliban gunmen stormed a court building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing five 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. He said 19 others were wounded in the attack at the courthouse in Puli Alim, the provincial capital.

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

The Taliban have increasingly targeted the judiciary since the government executed six convicted insurgents last month. The executions signaled a tougher approach to the Taliban after two years of failed government efforts to revive peace talks.

Last week, four Taliban gunmen disguised in women's burqas and wearing military uniforms underneath attacked a court building in eastern Ghazni province, killing five civilians and a policeman, Afghan officials said.

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