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Ex-jihadi commanders gunned down

Ex-jihadi commanders gunned down

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Sep 12, 2011 - 19:40

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): Two former jihadiinfo-icon commanders were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in northern Balkh province on Monday, an official said.

Mohammad Yasin and Asmat were gunned down by unknown motorcyclists while returning from a condolence ceremony in the Sarasiab area of Sholgara district.

Balkh police spokesman Col. Sher Jan Durrani said both men died on the spot and the assailants managed to escape. A police team has been sent to the area for investigating the incident, he added.

Residents, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure the protection of influential figures. A Sarasiab inhabitant, Mohammad Ali, said the victims were influential individuals.

The 25-year-old praised Yasin and Asmat for their proactive role in resolving villagers' problems. "Several of our elders have been killed. We want the authorities to ensure their safety."

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