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Six Afghan Civilians Said Killed In Attack In Western Province

FILE: Members of Afghan Hazara community rally to demand the government bring security in Herat in September 2017.

At least six civilians have been shot dead by gunmen in Afghanistan's western Ghor Province, an Afghan official says.

Iqbal Nezami, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said four other civilians were wounded after their car was fired upon near Faroz Koh, the provincial capital, early on April 17.

The victims were all ethnic Hazaras, a Shi'ite minority that is frequently targeted by Sunni extremists in different parts of Afghanistan.

Nezami said the Hazaras were traveling from the province of Herat to Ghor when they came under attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and Islamic State militants are both active in Ghor and have previously claimed attacks in the province.

Based on reporting by AP and Tolo News