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Official: Gunmen kill judge and his bodyguard in attack in eastern Afghanistan

An Afghan official says gunmen have killed a judge and his bodyguard in an attack in the country's east.

A provincial police spokesman says Abdul Latif, a district judge in the province of Herat, and the bodyguard were in a car when they were shot to death.

The spokesman, Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, says Latif was a judge in Karukh district. Ahmadi says police are investigating and that there have been no arrests so far in the case.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and other insurgents frequently target Afghan officials as part of their campaign to undermine the Western-backed government.

The Taliban also have vowed to use force to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential elections slated for April 5.

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