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Taliban beat cleric for leading soldier's funeral prayer

Taliban beat cleric for leading soldier's funeral prayer

Aug 23, 2011 - 15:41

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Talibaninfo-icon fighters beat up a cleric who led the funeral prayer for an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier in the eastern province of Nangarhar, residents said on Tuesday.

The militants stormed Maulviinfo-icon Shamsul Hadid's residence in the Shahkhel village of Batikot district late on Monday night, resident Najibullah told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the scholar had led the funeral prayer for a soldier who was killed in a helicopter crash in central Maidan Wardak province on Aug.6. Seven ANA soldiers, 30 US special force members and their Afghan interpreter were killed in the crash.

The prayer leader was on his way home after leading Taraweeh last night when the rebels beat him with sticks and rifle butts, said the district chief, Israrullah Qarizada. The guerrillas later attacked his house with rockets.

Maulvi Hadid said he was going home when three armed men assaulted him "The attackers asked me why I led the Namaz-i-Janaza for a non-Muslim. They warned me not to lead funeral prayers for such people…"

The scholar, hailing from the Kot district of the province, said that Taliban had asked him to shift to his native village as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Director of Hajjinfo-icon Maulvi Azizur Rahman Khairkhwa condemned the incident, saying such acts created abhorrence for the Taliban.

Rebel spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was unaware of the incident. The movement had instructed all imams not to lead the funeral prayer for Afghan soldiers.




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