JALALABAD -- An Afghan judge was fatally shot in an ambush in Jalalabad Wednesday (February 3), police said, the third court official killed in less than a month.
Judge Hafizullah was attacked as he headed to work in a motor trishaw, said Farid Khan, a spokesman for Nangarhar police.
Nobody claimed responsibility.
The murder of Hafizullah, who like many Afghans used just one name, comes after militants fatally shot two female judges working for the Supreme Court in Kabul on January 17.
Targeted killings with remotely detonated bombs attached to vehicles, or drive-by shootings, have become favoured tactics of insurgents, especially during the morning commute in big cities.
A growing number of prominent Afghans -- including judges, clerics, journalists, activists and doctors -- have been assassinated in often brazen daytime attacks.
Through targeted killings, the Taliban seek to create social chaos, gain leverage at the negotiating table, weaken the media and silence the voice of critics, Afghan authorities and analysts say.
3 deaths in 1 day
A cleric was among three Afghans killed in terrorist violence Tuesday.
Mohammad Atif, a cleric from a Kabul-based charity group, was among two people killed when a bomb targeting their vehicle exploded in a central district of the capital, officials said.
Two other civilians were injured, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz.
The murder of Atif was claimed by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).
A policeman was killed and two others wounded when a bomb targeting their vehicle exploded in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, Tuesday.
A bomb hitting an Interior Affairs Ministry vehicle on Tuesday wounded two security personnel in Kabul, and another person was wounded in a separate blast in the capital.
Yet another bomb targeting the vehicle of a lawmaker exploded later on Tuesday in Kabul, wounding two Afghans. The lawmaker was not travelling in the car at the time.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for Tuesday's other bombings.