Gunmen kill Afghan peace council member
Feb. 13, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says gunmen have killed a member of the country's High Peace Council in the southern city of Kandahar.
The provincial spokesman, Samim Akhpelwak, said Friday that Sheirin Agha was assassinated during prayers at a Kandahar mosque on Thursday night.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack in a statement.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killing, but in the past, the Taliban have attacked members of the High Peace Council, a government body tasked with peace talks with the Taliban insurgency.
Separately, nine Afghans, including several children, were wounded in the crossfire during a clash between the Taliban and policemen in eastern Kapisa province on Thursday.
Kapisa Governr Mehrabuddin Safi says Taliban fighters attacked a checkpoint in Alasaye district, triggering a shootout with the security forces.