Female army officers, banker killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Three people were assassinated in two separate shootings in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the latest in a string of targeted killings in the country, authorities confirmed.

Two female army officers were killed and two officers and their driver were wounded after gunmen opened fire on an army vehicle in Police District 5 of Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province in the morning rush hour, Hanif Rezai, spokesman of army Corps 209 Shaheen based in the region, told Xinhua.

The wounded were transported to a nearby hospital, he said.

In eastern Ghazni province, an employee of a local bank was shot and killed after an assailant fired on him with a silenced weapon in Police District 2 of provincial capital Ghazni city also in the morning, the provincial police confirmed in a statement.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.

The Afghan officials usually regard the killings as targeted attacks by the Taliban militant group.

About 60 people lost their lives and many others were wounded in targeted attacks across Afghanistan in December, according to official figures kept by Xinhua. Enditem

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