Unidentified gunmen killed a tribal elder in the Momand Dara district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, according to local sources.

The tribal elder was reportedly shot and killed on Friday, August 6, according to reports by local media.

The tribal leader’s name was Malek Jameel, and according to the local media, who cited their sources, he was forcefully taken out of his residence on Friday, August 5, by unidentified armed men before being shot dead.

Sources claim that he was taken from his house on Friday night and his dead body was found the next morning.

According to the source, the victim had no animosity against anyone, and it is still unknown who killed him and why.

Furthermore, according to reports, locals blocked the Torkham-Jalalabad route for almost two hours in protest at the tribal elder’s death.

The protesters called for justice and urged the security officials to apprehend the criminal(s) responsible for the crime.

On Friday, another tribal elder was killed by unidentified attackers while performing morning prayers at a mosque in the Chaparhar district of the eastern Nangarhar province.

According to the Taliban local officials, the victim, Mawlawi Mohammad Qayyum was shot dead on Friday. The officials told the media that the motive of the murder is unknown, but an investigation is underway.

In both incidents, no person, group, or organization has taken responsibility for the death of two influential tribal elders in Nangarhar province.

Despite the assurances of the Taliban for the provision and maintaining the security of the Afghan people, crimes, and target killings, in particular, have increased in different provinces of Afghanistan.

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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).