Local sources in the Afghan northeastern province of Kunar say that unidentified gunmen killed a religious scholar in Kunar province.

According to the sources, the victim is identified as an Imam (prayer leader) of a mosque in Kunar province, who went by the name Sheikh Mohammad Israel Sahibzada.

The religious scholar is reportedly killed by unknown armed men on Friday evening, 29th of July, as he was returning home from prayer in the Sahibzada village in Kunar province.

While the Taliban officials have not yet responded to the accident, the perpetrators are alleged to have fled the crime scene.

Afghanistan’s capital and provinces have experienced a rise in insecurity recently.

A leading Salafi scholar and well-known religious figure, Sardar Wali Saqib, was murdered at his place of residence two weeks ago in Kabul.

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

Despite the Taliban’s claims of security, mysterious killings and other crimes continue in several provinces.

Author

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