military cheif physician killed in Balkh

Gunmen kill military chief physician in Balkh

Unknown armed men have gunned down Saleh Mohammad Salim, chief physician at the 209 Military Corps, and his driver in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of the northern Balkh province, a local official confirmed.

Talking to Kabul Now, Adel Shah Adel, the spokesperson for Balkh Police Chief, said that the incident took place this morning, April 12, in Karte Ferdawsi area of PD5, in Mazar-e-Sharif.

The local official added that Mr. Salim was shot dead along with his driver while they were heading to the Corps headquarter.

Though the local police official said that the military physician was killed by unknown armed men, the 209 Military Corps blamed the Taliban militants for the attack.

The militant group has resorted to the targeted killing after their defeat in the battlefields, the Military Corps said in a statement.

The Taliban, however, has not commented regarding the incident so far.

Afghanistan has seen a dramatic increase in the number of targeted killings ever since the US signed a peace deal with the Taliban in Doha late in February 2020, particularly, since the start of intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban in September 2020.

Though the government officials often blame the militant group but most of the attacks go unclaimed.