KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Mohammad Omar Akhundzadeh, a provincial head to the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs, was wounded, said local authorities, after an armed attack by unknown gunmen on Thursday.
According to local officials, his bodyguard was wounded during the attack.
Abdulbashir Khaksar, deputy spokesman for the Kandahar police, told media the incident took place at around 9 a.m. Thursday in Chawoni area of Police District 13 (PD13) in Kandahar province.
According to Khaksar, during the attack Akhundzadeh was killed and his bodyguard was wounded.
While the suspect flee the scene, security officials assured an investigation is underway to bring the perpetrators to justice.
No group of individual has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.