Officials say a female employee of the local administration and four Afghan security guards were killed in two separate incidents in the southern city of Kandahar.
Provincial government spokesman Zalmai Ayoubi said Radia Sadat was gunned down as she left home in central Kandahar to go to work early today.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the provincial spokesman blamed the killing on "enemies of Afghanistan," a phrase often used by officials to refer to insurgents.
Separately, police said three suicide bombers attacked a private security company on August 15, killing four Afghan security guards and injuring eight.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.
compiled from agency reports