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KABUL, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A prominent religious scholar and his brother were killed by gunmen in Afghanistan's eastern Parwan province on early Wednesday, reported local TV channel Tolo News TV.

"Sheikh Abdul Haq and his brother were on their way to a local mosque to attend early morning's prayers in Sayyed Khil village of eastern Parwan province. They were shoot and killed by gunmen as they were walking," the TV reported.

Wednesday's attack was the latest in a string of targeted killings in the militancy-hit country.

On Tuesday, an Afghan army soldier and his seven-year-old son were single out from a running vehicle and shot dead along the main road connecting the eastern Logar province of neighboring Paktia province.

Taliban militants claim responsibility for most of the targeted attacks.

The civilians, considered to be supporting the government, civilian government employees, religious leaders, tribal elders and people involved in peace and reconciliation efforts have come under attack in targeted killings over the past years.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 3,400 civilians were killed and over 6,900 others wounded in conflict-related incidents in 2019, according to the official figures.

Of the total casualties, 817 people were killed and 2,015 wounded in targeted attacks.

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