Gunmen kill 13 in Afghan road attack 


March 24, Afghanistan: Thirteen people, including a woman shot dead in eastern Afghanistan, when they were taken off the bus on the highway between Kabul and Kandahar by masked gunmen.

Gunmen have attacked vehicles on a road taking at least 13 people off a bus and shooting them dead, local officials say. Two others were critically injured, Afghanistan‘s Tolo news agency reported.

Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Wardak, said the attackers targeted three vehicles.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack south-west of the capital Kabul, which happened after midnight. It comes as Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani holds talks in the US on security.

The gunmen picked their victims and shot them one by one, Mohammad Ali, the deputy governor of neighbouring Ghazni province, told AFP news agency.

For many years the Taliban have controlled much of the countryside in this area, but they have denied involvement and have vowed in a statement to try to find the attackers, reports the BBC’s Afghanistan correspondent, David Loyn.

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