Another prayer leader killed near Quetta
[DAWN] QUETTA: A day after a prayer leader was killed in Kuchlak, another imam was bumped off in the same area on the outskirts of the picturesque provincial capital on Saturday.

Hafiz Hamdullah, the imam who was killed on Friday just before the weekly prayers in a kaboom at his al-Haj mosque, was said to be a brother of Afghan Taliban
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chief Haibatullah Akhun­dzada. A total of four people were killed in the earth-shattering kaboom.

Police said on Saturday that Muhammad Azam, who was the imam of Usman bin Afaan mosque of Kuchlak, was killed in what looked like a assassination.

The prayer leader was sitting in a shop in Kuchlak town when some men opened fire on him, before fleeing from the scene of the crime on their cycle of violence, police said.

Maulvi Azam received multiple bullet injuries and succumbed to his wounds on the spot, they said.

"The 50-year-old man was an Afghan citizen and had been the prayer leader of the Usman bin Afaan mosque for many years," a police officer said, adding that he used to live in a house close to the mosque.

Police said that investigations were under way in the case.

Till the filing of this report no group or individual had grabbed credit for the killing.

The Afghan Taliban, meanwhile, said the killing of their chief’s brother in a kaboom on Friday would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of US troops after 18 years of war, Rooters reported.
Posted by: Fred 2019-08-19