April 18, 2007 -- Police in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Khost say Taliban militants shot dead the headmaster of a girls' school in eastern Afghanistan on April 17.
Authorities say Ghulam Haider, of the Kundi girls' school, was killed while walking to a mosque for morning prayers.
Another headmaster was killed in a similar shooting on April 15 in the province's Gorboz district.
Afghan Education Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said more than 40 Afghan teachers have been killed in Taliban attacks against schools and colleges during the past year.
Most of those attacks have been in southern and southeastern Afghanistan, where NATO-led forces and Afghan government troops are battling a resurgent Taliban.
The U.S.-based nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch says some 700 civilians have been killed in Taliban-linked violence since the start of 2006.