Senior Afghan Taliban Leader Shot Dead
ISLAMABAD: Senior Afghan Taliban leader, Maulvi Mir Ahmad Gul Hashmi, was shot dead in Peshawar on Monday, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.
Hashmi, the Taliban shadow governor for Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province was critically injured during firing in Peshawar, and later succumbed to his injuries, the spokesperson said.
The Taliban leader had been vigorously involved in organising the movement in Nangarhar province, close to Pakistan’s border.
The spokesperson upheld that no group had claimed responsibility for the assassination so far. However, the Taliban routinely blame Afghan intelligence officers for such killings.
Several Taliban leaders have been killed in different parts of Pakistan. Last year, a former Taliban minister Abdul Raqeeb was killed in Peshawar.
“We announce with great pain that a senior Jihadi figure, a senior leader and in-charge of Nangahar province Mir Ahmad Gul Hashmi, who was living as a refugee, has been killed by the enemies of Islam,” Zabihullah Mujahid said in his statement.
Although, the spokesperson did not mention the place where Maulvi Gul had come under attack, a Taliban source told media that he was killed in Peshawar.
“We consider the martyrdom of Maulvi Ahmad Gul as a big loss for the Muslims and especially for the Jihadi nation,” Mujahid said.
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