Sayd Sharif, acting district chief, said the Taliban seized Haji Noor Mohammad, a representative of martyrs and disabled people, on the Gorzad road on Saturday afternoon.
He said four elders met local Taliban leaders on Saturday evening in a bid to secure the release of the captive. But one of the elders, Haji Murad’s, was found dead in Tash Qala area this morning.
Haji Murad, a driver, had no links to the government. Najibullah, an inhabitant of the locality, said Murad had been killed mysteriously.
A local Taliban commander confirmed the arrest of Haji Noor Mohammad, but, rejected the killing of the elder and said he might have been shot dead by someone else.