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Brother of Afghan envoy to India killed in Kandahar

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Unknown gunmen shot dead an elder brother of the Afghanistan ambassador to India in a mosque in the capital of southern Kandahar province on Monday, an official said.

Sardar Mohammad Khan, the brother of Shaida Mohammad Abdali, was attacked in the third police district of Kandahar City in Karteh Naw area when he was offering prayers, the governor’s spokesman said.

Samim Khpalwak told Pajhwok Afghan News the victim was an influential figure in the area. He said the attackers had fled, but police were searching for them.

There was no word from the Taliban about the targeted killing, the latest in a series of such killings targeting government officials, tribal elders and other influential figures in Kandahar.

Two weeks ago, a civil society activist, Mohammad Nafi Rokyal, and an intelligence official were killed the same way in the heart of Kandahar City. (PAN)