Taliban security officials in the northern Afghan province of Balkh say that armed robbers shot and killed an elderly cab driver in the provincial capital, Mazar-e-Sharif, after robbing his car.
The 64-year-old man’s body who was abducted by armed men on Friday, August 19, according to Mohammad Asif Waziri, the spokesman for the Taliban office of the chief of police in Balkh province.
Yar Mohammad, 64, was first kidnapped by the armed men on Friday while driving his cab and the Taliban spokesman stated that the next morning his lifeless body was discovered in Mazar-e-Sharif’s police district 10.
The car belonging to the old man was taken, according to Waziri, by the armed robbers, who are still out on the loose as the Taliban security officials have not arrested anyone in connection with the robbery.
Earlier, a university lecturer in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar was stabbed to death by robbers in the provincial capital, Jalalabad city.
The armed robbers initially forced Professor Nimatullah Wali into a confrontation, when they seized his phone and the cash he had on him with force before fatally stabbing him many times.
The professor was taken to a hospital, but his condition was so serious that he never made it to the next day’s dawn.
Afghanistan is currently experiencing its highest rates of unemployment and poverty since the Taliban seized power, and the crime rate has also increased ever since. In turn, this has led to a rise in killings, suicides, and interpersonal disputes.