KABUL, July 1 (Xinhua) -- About 40 people lost their lives in increased targeted attacks in June as fighting rages and peace efforts being made in the country.
On Monday evening, Shah Mohammad Shah, police chief of Dihrawud district of restive southern Uruzgan province, was shot and killed with another police officer in provincial capital Tirin Kot, the attackers fled the scene shortly after the shooting.
On Monday morning, Shah Mohammad Arab, acting police chief of Khwaja Sabz Posh district of northern Faryab province, was killed by a Taliban sniper when Arab was inspecting a joint Afghan security forces' checkpoint on the outskirts of the district.
An Afghan National Army soldier was also killed in the sniper attack.
On Saturday, June 27, Fatima Khalil, a female staff of Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, and her driver were killed after a sticky improvised bomb attached to their vehicle detonated in eastern part of national capital, Kabul.
Mohammad Nabi Achikzai, head of Achikzai Youth Council, was shot dead by gunmen in Police District 8 of Kabul on June 23.
The Achikzai tribe elders demanded the government to arrest and bring to justice the culprits behind the attack.
Also on June 23, unknown gunmen shot dead Ahmad Shah, a judge at the provincial court of appeals in eastern Kapisa province.
On June 22, two prosecutors and three staff of Afghan Attorney General Office were shot and killed after gunmen attacked a sedan on northern outskirts of Kabul. The victims were on their way to office in eastern Parwan province.
A pro-government local leader Paighombar Qul was shot and killed in Almar district of Faryab province on June 20.
On June 19, wife and daughter of a poet and political analyst Assadullah Walwalji lost their lives and three people wounded after their vehicle was struck by a sticky bomb in Paghman district on western outskirts of Kabul.
On June 12, Mawlawi Enullah Khalyani, imam or prayer leader of a local mosque in Chah Ab district of northern Takhar province was killed by gunmen in Chah Ab.
On the same day, Abdul Aziz Mufleh, imam of Shir Shah Sori mosque in Police District 3 of Kabul and three worshipers were killed and 17 people were injured after an improvised bomb went off during Friday prayers in the mosque.
On June 11, Mohammad Nasim, a senior police officer at provincial police department of southern Kandahar province shot and killed in Police District 3 of provincial capital Kandahar city.
Abdullah Jan, police chief of Baak Khel district of eastern Paktika province, died and four police officers wounded during a Taliban ambush in surrounding areas of Baak Khel district on June 10.
On June 9, Eisa Setaz, criminal investigation police chief of Kujran district of central Daykundi province, along with his two relatives were shot dead in provincial capital Nili.
Also on June 9, Qari Ibrahim, district chief of Shortepa district with four local pro-government militiamen or local uprising fighters were killed in an improvised bomb attack in northern Balkh province.
On the same day, Abdul Wali Ahmadzai, a former member of Meshrano Jirga or Upper House of national parliament, was killed by gunmen in eastern Logar province when he was travelling to attend his sister's funeral.
On June 5, a local leader Mudir Sharif, his wife, son and daughter were shot and killed in Sayyed Abad district of eastern Wardak province.
Sharif was a former leader of Hizb-e-Islami that fighting the Afghan government and the U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan but the group signed a peace deal with the government four years ago.
On June 2, an outstanding religious scholar and a university lecturer Mohammad Ayaz Niazi and one other person were killed in a bomb attack inside a mosque where he served as imam in a diplomatic district in central Kabul.
On June 1, Major Sayyed Monir, a senior provincial traffic police official, was shot and killed by Taliban gunmen on the outskirts of Mahmud-e-Raqi, capital of Kapisa.
The latest targeted attacks came as a government peace negotiation team and a Taliban delegation will probably meet later this month in Doha, capital of Gulf state of Qatar, kick starting the long-delayed Intra-Afghan peace negotiation.
The meeting was expected to be held in early March weeks after a peace deal was inked between the United States and Taliban in Qatar in February.
The disputes over release and exchange of prisoners between the Afghan government and the Taliban remained a main hurdle ahead of the intra-Afghan talks.
More than 4,000 Taliban inmates and about 600 Afghan soldiers were freed by the two sides since then.