Taliban accused of killing tribal elder in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday accused the Taliban of killing a tribal elder in Garamser district of southern Helmand province, but the rebels rejected the claim.
The Helmand governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants forcibly took away tribal elder Haji Zahir Khan from his home in Lakari area last night and later shot him dead.
Zwak said Zahir Khan was a local influential figure, but he had neither any connection with the government or enmity with anyone.
He said the killing of the tribal elder was aimed at spreading terror in the area in order no one could dare challenge actions of the rebels.
A nephew of the slain elder, Mohammad Daud Farhang, who also head of the Helmand Peace Committee’s secretariat, said his uncle had no enmity with anyone and had no job in the government.
He said his uncle was kidnapped from the area mosque after evening prayers yesterday and his bullet-riddled body was found on Sunday.
Farhang said the Taliban ruled the area and they were involved in the murder because the rebels had killed his father the same way two years ago.
But a Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi expressed his unawareness about the incident and said the fighters had nothing to do with civilians and tribal elders. He said it would be known later how the incident took place.
Except the district centre, all areas of Garamser distirct were captured by Taliban militants about one month back.
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