Suspected Taliban militants have killed 15 Afghan civilians execution-style after stopping two vehicles travelling in central Afghanistan.
The armed attackers killed 11 men, three women and one child in Ghor Province.
According to local authorities, the gunmen made the vehicles pull over and ordered everyone out, after which they lined the passengers up on the side of the road and shot them one by one.
Ghor provincial police Chief Fahim Qaiem said one man managed to flee.
No group has claimed responsibility for the crime, which took place just as two Finnish female aid workers were killed by unidentified gunmen in the western city of Herat.
car with explosives has gone off in Afghanistan’s eastern province
Police say a car packed with explosives has gone off in a crowded market in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktika, killing no fewer than 30 people and injuring another 40.
Nissar Ahmad Abdulrahimzai, a local deputy police chief, told Reuters news agency that the police were taking all the wounded to hospitals.
The attack took place not far from Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, where the military has been attacking hideouts of the Pakistani Taliban in the past few weeks, prompting militants to retreat towards Afghanistan.
Abdulrahimzai added that the police had been tipped about the attack and were chasing it when the car exploded.
More violence erupted in the capital, Kabul, when a remote control bomb killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai’s media office and wounded five.
The attacks took place as foreign troops are gradually withdrawing from the country.