Prayer leader gunned down in Samangan
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A prayer leader has been shot dead by unidentified armed men in northwestern Samangan province, where two children were injured in a bomb blast, officials said on Saturday.
The imam was on his way to mosque from home last night when unknown gunmen opened fire at him in Ganbadan village of Firoz Nakhchir district, the district chief, Mohammad Humayun Barlas, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He identified the victim as Abdul Majeed, saying one of the policemen who arrived at the scene was injured during an exchange of fire with the attackers. Police detained 10 suspects in connection with the murder in the village, he said.
Samangan police spokesman Munir Rahimi said six people were detained over firing at police and another four in connection with the killing of the prayer leader.
Separately, two children were wounded in a bomb blast caused by an unexploded device leftover from the past in Mirkala area of Aibak city, the capital of Samangan, late on Friday.
Rahimi said one of the injured children lost his legs in the blast while the second one was in stable condition. The children were grazing animals when the blast occurred, he said.
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