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.
Israel has gotten a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its war with Gaza on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700.
Signs of a truce coming into place have remained elusive despite intensive mediation bids.
Israel says it needs more time to eradicate cross-border tunnels used by Hamas for attacks, while the Palestinian Islamists demand the blockade on the Gaza Strip be lifted.
With encouragement from the White House, Egypt has been trying to mediate a limited humanitarian ceasefire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival, which follows the end of fasting in the month of Ramadhan.
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.
Islamist group al-Shabab kills MP Ahmed Mohamud Hayd (wn.com)
Islamist group al-Shabab says it has shot dead a prominent MP Ahmed Mohamud Hayd in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu.
Witnesses say he was killed in a drive-by after he left his hotel in a heavily policed area. His bodyguard was also killed and a parliamentary secretary wounded in the shooting.
Al-Shabab, which is reportedly linked to al-Qaeda, has vowed to step up attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The killing of Hayd – a former army commander and government minister – has shocked many people as the shooting is seen as a brazen attack.
Al-Shabab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab confirmed the group had carried out the “targeted assassination”.