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Taliban leader gunned down in Quetta

Taliban leader gunned down in Quetta

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Jan 29, 2014 - 21:34

QALAT (Pajhwok): An Talibaninfo-icon leader was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Quetta, the capital of Pakistaninfo-icon’s southwestern Balochistan province, on Wednesday.

A security official confided to Pajhwok Afghan News Maulana Abdullah Zakiri was shot dead as he came out of a mosqueinfo-icon in Quetta at about 2pm.

He said Zakiri, who headed the anti-government body of clerics, had close relations with Taliban’s supreme leader Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Omar.

Abdul Karim Agha, a son of the religious scholar, confirmed his father’s assassination. A resident of Seori district of southern Zabul province, Zakiri was 84 years old.

The Taliban movement, meanwhile, expressed its deep shock over the scholar’s murder. In a statement, the group’s spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the assassins could not realise their “nefarious designs” by martyring religious scholars.

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