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AGO: 15 prosecutors assassinated over past year

As many as 15 prosecutors were assassinated over the past solar year—1399—in different provinces, according to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

Talking to Kabul Now, the AGO Spokesperson Jamshid Rasooli said that these prosecutors, who were “brutally” killed by unknown gunmen in terrorist attacks, were working in prosecutor offices of Paktia, Helmand, Kabul, Maidan Wardak, Parwan, the country’s western region. A number of the slain prosecutors were working with the AGO’s central office in the capital Kabul, he said.

In the recent wave of targeted violence, a prosecutor was shot dead by unknown armed men while he was heading to his office in Gardez, the capital city of the eastern Paktia province. Mohammad Lal Amiri, the spokesperson for Paktia Police Chief, told Kabul Now that the incident took place on Saturday night, March 27, in PD5 of Gardez city.

A total of 141 Afghan prosecutors have been killed by the anti-government armed forces and unknown gunmen since March of 2006.

Afghanistan has seen an unprecedented rise in targeted violence against government civil servants, including those working with the judicial organs, ever since the US struck a peace deal with the Taliban on February 29, 2020.

Though most of the targeted killings went unclaimed, the government has repeatedly blamed the Taliban militant group.

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