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Taliban shot dead former Afghan soldier in Balkh province

24 Feb 2020 Kabul Now

The Taliban militants have kidnapped a former member of Afghan security forces and then shot dead him in Chamtal Markazi village of Chamtal district of the northern Balkh province, according to a local source.

Sayed Reza, a close relative of the victim named him as Sayed Abbas Hussaini and detailed to Kabul Now that the Taliban have kidnapped and killed Mr. Hussaini for he was a former member of Afghan security forces.

Hassan Shekib, a neighbor of the victim, also confirmed to Kabul Now that he was previously a member of public order police forces but was recently working as a driver in Mazar, capital city of Balkh province. He further stated that Mr.Hussaini was abducted by the Taliban last night, February 23, upon his return to home while taking preparation for birthday party of his newly born baby.

Local security officials in Balkh province avoided to comment regarding the incident due to the newly imposed restriction by the Ministry of Interior. The governor spokesperson, however, said that he has not received any report regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, sources in the Ministry of Interior confirmed that Mr. Hussaini was abducted and then shot dead by the Taliban in Chamtal district of Balkh. According to the source, he had worked as a member of Afghan public order police but left his duty one year ago.

The incident comes in the third day of a seven-day partial truce, officially agreed as “reduction in violence” between the warring parties. The Taliban have reportedly commit violations of the agreement in several cases during the first three days.

In another new case, the militants have kidnapped district governor of Dara Sof Balla district of the northern Samangan province around 10:30 AM this morning along with two other local government employees, according to Mohammad Sediq Azizi, spokesperson for Samangan governor.

The Taliban have yet to comment regarding the two incidents but one of the group’s spokesperson, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, has said in a tweet that their militants have engaged in crossfires with Afghan forces in Shawalikot district of Kandahar province.

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