According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan province, a tribal elder was shot dead by unknown gunmen in this province.

The officials further added the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon at Herawood district after unknown gunmen riding a motorcyle opened fire on Jilani Khan.

Provincial security chief spokesman Farid Ayel said tribal elder Jilani Khan was crossing the area along with his son and was killed by unknown gunmen.

Mr. Ayel further added the gunmen managed to flee the area and Afghan security forces have launched a search operation to detain those involved behind the incident.

Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident. A spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said tribal elder Jilani Khan was killed for cooperating with the government.