A Taliban leader claimed responsibility for the killings.
The latest fatalities come amid a week of some of the heaviest fighting since the Taliban militia was ousted by U.S.-led forces in 2001.
BACK IN THE GROOVE Decades of war and the Taliban's five-year ban on music took their toll on Afghan classical music. Musicians have been trying to resuscitate the art since the end of Taliban rule. But they face serious economic and artistic challenges -- including the threat of possible attack by Taliban fighters if they perform in provincial areas...(more)