Ex-jihadi commander among 6 killed in Baghlan
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Six people including a former jihadi commander have been killed during a clash in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Saturday.
Bismillah, then jihadi commander, belonged to the Jamiat-i-Islami party, came under ambush in Pul-i-Hisar district on Saturday, police spokesman Javid Basaharat told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the commander was killed along with his four supporters, including his son and a brotrher-in-law. One of the attackers was also killed in retaliatory fire. No one has been detained so far in connection with the incident.
Haji Faiz Mohammad, a local influential elder, said besides the Taliban militants, the presence of illegal gunmen in the area posed a serious threat to the security situation.
The government had repeatedly promised to disarm irresponsible armed groups, but no action had been taken, he alleged. “The people killed on Friday were educated youth. Unfortunately, our people are killed without any reason.”
A week ago, a jihadi commander of the Hizb-I-islami Afghanistan was also killed in a Taliban ambush in Baghlan-i-Markazi district. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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