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Gunmen kill religious council chief in Afghanistan

At least two people have been shot and killed by gunmen in eastern Kapisa province, including the provincial chief of a religious council, according to an Afghan official.

The religious council chief, who goes by the name Hanafyar, was the target of the attack, said Qais Qaderi, spokesman for the provincial governor.

He died from his wounds on the way to a hospital. His security guard was the second victim.

The attack was carried out by men riding a motorcycle who shot Hanafyar as he was about to exit his vehicle near his home, said Mr Qaderi.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Mr Qaderi said as many as eight suspects have been arrested and an investigation is under way.


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