Suspected Taliban gunmen kill judge in Aghanistan

Suspected Taliban gunmen on motorcycles killed an Afghan judge after he left a mosque prayer service in the western Farah province, the provincial governor said Wednesday.

Farah's deputy civil court judge, Sheikh Mohammed, was shot dead after he left a Sunni Muslim mosque following evening prayers Tuesday in Farah city, about 750 kilometers (465 miles) southwest of the capital, Kabul, Gov. Izadullah Wasfi said.

"Two Taliban militants on motorcycles waited for Judge Mohammed as he left the mosque and shot him dead before speeding away," Wasfi told The Associated Press.

An investigation was under way and no arrests had been made.

Radical remnants of the toppled Taliban regime have been targeting Afghan officials and U.S.-led coalition forces in an incessant campaign of violence aimed at derailing this war-ravaged country's American-backed government, reports the AP.

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