Taliban gun down elder seeking release of captive

Monday, 19 June 2017 03:00 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 48 times

A resident of Sherin Tagab district, negotiating the release of captive with the Taliban, has been shot dead in northwestern Faryab province, local officials said on Sunday.

 

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.