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Former judge shot dead in central Afghanistan

A judge's gavel rests on a book of law. (Dreamstime/TNS)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

A former judge has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Afghanistan’s central province of Ghor, local media reported on May 7.

Two men riding a motorbike targeted Mohammad Nazir Manawi in the provincial capital, Firozkoh, as he was returning home from the local mosque, local broadcaster Salam Watandar reported.

The men managed to escape. The motive behind the incident was initially unclear.

Following their return to power in August 2021, Taliban authorities replaced all former judges.

Some of the judges desperately tried to flee the country, while the situations of those who remain are insecure.