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Govt official kidnapped, beheaded in Farah

Govt official kidnapped, beheaded in Farah

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May 13, 2015 - 13:17

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Suspected Talibaninfo-icon militants beheaded the statistics department director for the Pusht Rud district of western Farah province, where another dead body of a mechanic was found in Shebkoh district, sources said on Wednesday.

The statistics department head, Abdul Razzaq, was kidnapped from his home by five gunmen on Monday night and his mutilated body was found on Tuesday near his home, said Mohammad Sadiq, the slain official’s first cousin. Razzaq was 23 years old.

Ghausuddin, the Pusht Rud district administrative chief, accused the Taliban of kidnapping and beheading Razzaq. However, the Taliban have not claimed credit for the murder.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor Mohammad Younus Rassouli said the Taliban kidnapped a mechanic, Sher Ahmed, from his home on Tuesday afternoon, killed him and dumped his body on the side of a road near his village in Shebkoh district.

Nearly two weeks ago, gunmen on motorcycle shot dead the Pusht Rud intelligence chief, Mohammad Hashim, in Farah City, the scene of a series of hit-and-run attacks in the recent past.

A day earlier, a traffic police official was gunned down by motorcyclists in Farah City, days after a policeman and his father were killed by gunmen on motorcycle.

Rassouli assured that efforts were being made to strengthen security in the province.

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