Unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen killed a religious scholar in Ghor province, in central Afghanistan, according to local Taliban officials.

Abdul Matin Mohammadi, a religious scholar, was allegedly killed on Tuesday, August 2, in the evening by unidentified assailants, according to the Taliban authorities.

The Taliban governor’s office in Ghor has released a newsletter stating that the religious scholar was attacked in the Dara Ghazi region of Firuzkoh district on Tuesday evening.

According to sources, the attackers ride away from the scene on motorcycles after killing Mohammadi as he was returning home after offering the prayers in the mosque. 

The Taliban governor’s office in the province of Ghor reports that no one has been arrested in relation to the death of this religious scholar, despite an ongoing investigation.

Mawlawi Abdul Matin taught at the Imam Abu Hanifa Islamic seminary in the Firuzkoh district and was one of the most renowned and distinguished scholars of Ghor.

In a recent incident, unidentified gunmen killed a prayer leader, the Imam of a mosque in the Afghan northeastern province of Kunar.

Sheikh Mohammad Israel Sahibzada was killed in the Sahibzada village of Kunar province, as he was returning from the mosque after offering the prayer.

Though the Taliban make the claim that they have maintained security, many provinces continue to see unexplained, mysterious killings and other crimes.


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