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13 civilians shot dead in Afghanistan

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah holds an Afghan flag during an election campaign rally in Paghman district of Kabul June 9, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3SWZ5

Kabul: A group of unknown men shot dead 13 civilians in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province on Saturday, a local official said.

“The group of armed men, presumably Taliban militants, intercepted two civilian vehicles and shot 13 passengers in Zari district of Balkh province,” Xinhua quoted the official, Abdul Rahim as saying.