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An Afghan Supreme Court official was shot dead in Kabul

An Afghan Supreme Court official was shot dead in Kabul

An Afghan Supreme Court official was shot dead in Kabul

Taliban gunmen killed a senior official of Afghanistan's Supreme Court early today, police said, the latest insurgent attack targeting the capital as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the month.

Gunmen shot dead Atiqullah Rawoofi, the head of the secretariat of the Afghan Supreme Court, near his home in Kabul's north western suburbs, said Farid Afzali, chief of the Kabul police criminal investigation unit.

A colleague of Mr Rawoofi said two men on a motorbike shot Mr Rawoofi as he was walking from his home to his car.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message.

Mr Rawoofi's murder follows the Taliban suicide attack on Thursday on a French school that killed a German citizen and wounded others during a play condemning the violence.

In a text message claiming Thursday's attack, the Taliban warned that all civil society groups were potential targets.

Taliban militants have concentrated attacks on Kabul in recent weeks ahead of the foreign troop withdrawal.

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