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Samangan’s peace committee public relations official killed

Samangan’s peace committee public relations official killed

Jul 09, 2017 - 16:49

AIBAK (Pajhwok): A public relations official of the High Peace Council (HPC) committee for central Samangan province was killed by Taliban militants on Sunday, an official said.

Niamatullah Niamati, also a former jihadi commander of the Jamiat-i-Islami (JIA), was abducted while offering morning’s prayer at the village mosque in Baba Qanbar village of Khuram Sarbagh district on Sunday, the district chief told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Qari Ibadullah Mujahid said the Taliban killed Niamati about two kilometers away from the village hours after his abduction.

Baba Qanbar is located on the border with Dehna Ghori district of northern Baghlan province, Mujahid said. The Taliban came from Dehna Ghori and killed the peace body’s public relations official, he added.

However, there was no claim of responsibility for the assassination and no arrests have been made so far in connection with the murder.

Mohammad Bai, head of the Samangan high peace committee, called the assassination of the public relation official ‘a big loss’, saying Niamatullah Niamati had been an active and a kind person.

He said nine days ago the Taliban killed another former jihadi commander named Abdul Ghafor in Khwaja Qashqar village of the district.

Qari Saifuddin Sadat, former Samangan peace committee head, was killed by an undefined person after offering evening’s prayer in January 2016.

According to another report, two Taliban fighters were killed and three others wounded during a clash in northeastern Badakhshan province.

Provincial police spokesman, Ahmad Zahid Omari, told Pajhwok that 35 policemen who were moving to Sar Safa area of Yaftal district for duty came under Taliban ambush.

In the ensuing clash, two Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded, with the police escaping unhurt.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the attacks so far.