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Seven killed as Taliban gunmen storm Afghan courthouse

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KABUL — Taliban gunmen have raged a court complex in a city south of Kabul, killing at least seven individuals in the insurgents’ third so-called “revenge” attack for last month’s execution of Taliban-linked prisoners.

The attack in Pul-i-Alam, capital of volatile Logar province, also left 23 prosecutors injured as they met to decide the fate of six newly arrested Taliban militants.

The head of the court Mohammad Akram Nejat was among those killed in the attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive after naming a new leader late last month.

“Three gunmen wearing police uniform entered the court building and started shooting people,” the provincial governor Mohammad Halim Fedayee said.

“Unfortunately seven people were killed, including Mohammad Akram Nejat, the newly appointed head of the court.”

Hasib Stanakzai, a member of Logar’s provincial council, confirmed the death toll.

The Taliban said the attack was in retaliation for the execution of six Taliban-linked inmates in early May, part of President Ashraf Ghani’s new hardline policy against the insurgents.

“The martyrdom attack was carried out in revenge for the execution of our mujahideen,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, a politician was killed by an explosive device at his home in Kabul, though no group claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The explosive that had been planted in front of the house of lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak martyred him, injuring 11 others,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.

The latest violence underscores Afghanistan’s fragile security situation as the Taliban intensify attacks against the Western-backed Government.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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