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Gunman kills family of seven in Kandahar

AT-KABUL: A family of seven including three women was shot dead by an anti-government armed militant in southern Kandahar province, local officials said on Saturday.

The shooting took place late Friday in the Shahwali Kot district where the gunman stormed into a civilian house.

“The gunman was also killed in return by other family members,” provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpolwak said.

Motivation behind the brutal killing was yet to be known, he said, adding that the identity of the assailant is not confirmed so far.

There is no immediate claim of responsibility by Taliban militants and other militant outfits into the matter.

This comes after provincial security officials said the security situation in Kandahar province was improving as a result of night raids.

The Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security operatives and national and local police conducted several night raids in different parts of Kandahar province, resulting in improving of security situation in the province.

Acting police chief of the Panjwai district Hazrat Wali termed night raids significant to eliminate Taliban militants. “Night raids can also play key role in weakening Taliban.

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