Civilian Shot Dead by Taliban Member in Central Bamiyan’s Yakawlang District

A civilian taxi driver was shot dead by a Taliban fighter on the Bamiyan-Yakawlang highway in central Afghanistan.

A local Taliban member, Sayed Abdul, shot and injured a taxi driver, Raheb, in the center of Yekawlang’s first district, sources told Hasht-e Subh on Thursday, January 26. Raheb, however, died due to serious injuries and excessive bleeding while being taken to a nearby hospital, sources added.

“Raheb, 43, was driving on the Yakawlang’s first district – Bamiyan highway when being shot by the Taliban member,” sources detailed.

A Taliban spokesman in Bamiyan confirmed the occurrence of this murder, but said that the murderer was not a member of the Taliban.

The Taliban spokesman for Bamiyan governor, Abdul Sabour Farzan Saighani, said that a civilian was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Yakawlang’s first district.

According to him, the unidentified man has no affiliation with the Taliban in this district, and efforts for his arrest are underway.

The Taliban spokesman for Bamiyan governor, however, confirmed that the perpetrator was identified as Sayed Abdul, son of Sayed Ali Shah, adding that he runs a shop in the market of Yekawlang’s first district.

In similar incidents, previously, civilians were repeatedly shot dead by Taliban fighters in Bamiyan province.