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    Key Taliban commander gunned down in Quetta

    KABUL (PAN): A key Taliban commander, Mullah Syed Ahmad Shahid Khel, was shot dead in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, an official said on Wednesday.

    Amir Shah Sadat, intelligence director for southern Ghazni province, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the insurgent leader was gunned down by two Pakistani motorcyclists on Sunday afternoon.

    Hailing from the Sinday village of Andar district in Ghazni, the body of the man, a member of the Taliban’s Quetta Shura, was still in a Balochistan hospital, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) official said.

    Shahid Khel, Taliban’s deputy minister of education and administrative head of the Chak district in Maidan Wardak, came under gun attack on the outskirts of Quetta.

    The attack has worried senior Afghan Taliban leaders about their security in a city seen as their longtime sanctuary and capital in exile. The militant leader was hit in the leg, stomach and chest.

    One Taliban source confided to Pajhwok that Shahid Khel had earned the wrath of younger Pakistani extremists by denouncing them for attacks on mosques and civilian deaths.