by Farid Behbud
KABUL, March 3 (Xinhua) -- About 60 people lost their lives in increased targeted attacks in Afghanistan in February as fighting rages and peace efforts being made in the country, according to official figures kept by Xinhua.
On Feb. 25, three family members of a slain journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq were killed in a shooting attack in western Ghor province. Aimaq was killed by militants in early January.
On the same day, Mohammad Musa Akhlaqi, a senior provincial official, was killed along a road in Ghazni city, the capital of eastern Ghazni province.
An eight-year-old granddaughter of Qamaruddin Shinwari, an adviser to the Afghan president, was killed, and his son and his driver were injured in an armed attack in Sorubi district of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Feb. 24.
On Feb. 22, Mohammad Nasim, a poultry farm owner, was killed along with his two workers by gunmen in Shulgara district of northern Balkh province.
In neighboring Baghlan province, a medical doctor, Khalil-ur-Rehman Narmgo, head of surgery unit of a local hospital and former head of Baghlan Province Journalists' Union, was shot dead by Taliban insurgents along a provincial road on Feb. 23.
On Feb. 17, a security guard of the former president and his father lost their lives following a shooting attack in southern Kandahar province.
A senior police officer of the Interior Ministry, two policemen and a child labor were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Police District (PD) 4 in central Kabul. Five people, including a mother and her two daughters wounded on Feb. 21.
On Feb. 18, Mubashir Muslimyar, a Kabul University teacher, and one passer-by died and his vehicle destroyed in a bomb attack in PD 3 of Kabul.
In Kabul's Bagrami district, a father and his son, both of them members of Afghan security forces, were shot and killed on Feb. 17 when they were driving to the office.
On Feb. 16, eight people, including a medical doctor, were killed and several others wounded in separate targeted shootings in a single day in Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
One policewoman was assassinated in Kandahar city on Feb. 11 one day after a tribal elder and his friend were killed in Kandahar.
On Feb. 10, Colonel Mohammadzai Kochai, police chief of PD 5 in Kabul, and his colleague were killed in a roadside bomb blast in PD 4 of Kabul.
Four employees of a government ministry were shot and killed inside their vehicle driving on a road in PD 5 of Kabul.
On Feb. 2, four separate bomb explosions occurred in Kabul, leaving several people killed and wounded. In one attack, Mohammad Hatif, chairman of political party Jamiat-e-Eslah Afghanistan, and a civilian passing-by were killed and five people wounded.
Some remaining 20 people were killed in direct attacks in Kandahar, Ghazni, Parwan, Herat, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar and Helmand provinces during February.
Militants of the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) have conducted scores of targeted attacks against civilians and military officials in recent years. They consider anyone working for the government and NATO and U.S.-led troops as a target.
Over 50 people were killed in targeted attacks in January this year.