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Prayer leader gunned down in Balkh; assailants flee

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Prayer leader gunned down in Balkh; assailants flee

Sep 01, 2018 - 14:05

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have shot dead an imaminfo-icon (prayer leader) in the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.

Sher Jan Durrani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the overnight incident took place in the Baba Yadgar area of Mazar-i-Sharif City.

Maulviinfo-icon Mohammad Arif was shot at in front of his house, he said, adding the cleric succumbed to his wounds at hospital. The assailants managed to flee but police have launched a search for the killers.

Dr. Shafiq Shaiq, Balkh zonal hospital director, confirmed the imam succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. He said Arif was shot in the head and stomach.

Juma Din, a resident of the area, said the prayer leader always preached peace, unity and brotherhood. He urged the government to bring the killers to justice.


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