Sardar Wali Saqib, a prominent religious figure and leader of Salafi scholars, was assassinated in Kabul city, according to sources.

Sources report that unknown gunmen on Wednesday evening, July 13, killed the influential Salafist scholar at his place of residence.

In the Naranjebagh area of Jalalabad district, in the heart of Nangarhar province, where many students are pursuing religious education, Sheikh Sardar Wali Saqib was the head of a religious seminary.

The incident was confirmed by the spokesman for the Kabul police, Khalid Zadran, and an investigation has reportedly been opened.

No organization has as of yet taken responsibility for the incident. Prior to this, however, the Taliban was accused of assaulting Salafi scholars in the country.

Salafism is one of the religious movements in Afghanistan and according to a report of the United Nations, Salafis are mysteriously murdered in the country’s eastern provinces.

According to the yearly report on international religious freedom by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the situation for religious freedom in Afghanistan has drastically worsened since the Taliban took over the country.

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