Unknown assailants shoot dead prominent Afghan Taliban religious scholar in Pakistan

A leading religious scholar, Mohammad Omar Jan Akhundzada, was killed in Quetta, Pakistan, the Taliban government confirmed Friday.

According to VOA, he was leading prayers at a mosque when gunmen burst in and fatally shot him.

The Taliban condemned the killing and said Akhundzada was part of a government monitoring committee of top Islamic scholars. He was also a senior advisor to the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, and taught at a ‘jihadist’ madrasa in Kandahar.

Taliban chief Akhundzada was based in Pakistan’s province and from there led attacks on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan until their withdrawal in August 2021, paving the way for his fundamentalist group to regain control of the country , the news agency said. added.