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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) -Suspected Taliban guerrillas have beheaded a schoolteacher in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks on teachers and schools, an official said on Wednesday.

Abdul Habib was beheaded on Tuesday night after being dragged from his house outside Qalat, capital of insurgent-troubled Zabul province, by four Taliban gunmen, provincial spokesman Gulab Shah Alikhel said.

“It was the work of Afghanistan’s enemies,” he said, using the term officials use to refer to Taliban insurgents and their Islamist militant allies.

Taliban officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The attack was the latest in a series of insurgent attacks on schools and teachers in recent weeks.

Last month, guerrillas dragged a teacher from a classroom of teenagers in Helmand province and executed him at the school gate after he ignored their orders to stop teaching girls.

Two days later insurgents attacked another school in the same southern province, killing a teenage student and a guard.

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