Gunmen kill four people in northern Afghanistan

Gunmen kill four people, including a Taliban member, in northern Afghanistan

At least four people, including a member of the Taliban and a religious scholar, were killed by unknown armed men on Tuesday in the northern Faryab and Jowzjan provinces.

Unknown armed men shot dead a young madrassa student and a young Taliban member in a hilltop in Pashtunkot district of Faryab, taking away the victim’s motorcycles and their guns, local sources confirmed to KabulNow.

The circumstances behind the murder remains unknown and no one is arrested in connection to the incident.

Confirming the death of these two young men, local Taliban security authorities said they would investigate the case.

At the same day, unknown gunmen killed a religious scholar in Maymana, capital city of Faryab, shortly after he led evening prayer at a mosque.

Sources identified the victim as Mullah Noor Mohammad Bidaki.

The Taliban has arrested his brother’s son as a suspect for he had reportedly raised inheritance dispute against the religious scholar a few days earlier.

Abdul Sattar Halimi, spokesman for the Taliban police in Jowzjan also confirmed that a 50-year-old man was shot dead on Tuesday in Sheberghan, capital city of the province.

He identified the victim as Saifuddin.

Contrary to the Taliban claim of ensuring a nationwide security, Afghanistan, mostly the northern provinces, have seen a rise in the number of targeted and mysterious killings under the Taliban rule, particularly in recently months.