Local officials in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Takhar say a mentally ill man killed his brother with a hunting weapon.

The incident occurred on Friday night, July 30th, in the Shortaghai village of Khwaja Bahauddin district of Takhar province in northeastern Afghanistan, according to local sources.

Confirming the accuracy of local sources’ reports, the Taliban’s press liaison officer for the Takhar province police office, Abdul Matin Safi, stated that the victim’s name was Juma-Gul, and he was murdered by his brother, Sahar-Gul.

The Taliban official reportedly mentioned that a hunting rifle was used in the murder and that the perpetrator had a mental disorder.

According to Safi, the perpetrator has fled the scene. An investigation is still being conducted to try to ascertain the crime’s motive, which as of this time is still unknown.

With the Taliban assuming power and Afghanistan experiencing its highest levels of unemployment, poverty, and hunger, the rate of domestic violence has increased, leading to an increase in killings, suicides, family feuds, and interpersonal and familial hostilities.

Despite the Taliban’s assurances of security, that the group has been able to maintain the security of the country and its citizens, inexplicable, persistent killings and other crimes continue in various areas across the country.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).