Religious scholar among three killed in Helmand (Afghanistan)

LASHKARGAH- A religious scholar and close relative of a former provincial governor and member of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) was killed along two others in a landmine explosion in the southern Helmand province on Friday.


Haji Lala, his son Abdul Qayum and his friend, whose identity is unknown, were killed when the vehicle, they were traveling in, was blown up with a remote-controlled device in the Necha village of the Kajaki district.
The deceased was a religious scholar and uncle of former governor and member of the Parliament Sher Mohammad Akhunzada.
The bomb was planted by the roadside, said spokesman for the provincial governor Haji Mohyuddin. He said the blast took place around 9am this morning.

He said the slain were on way from their native village to the Kajaki district for the congregational (Juma) prayer when they were attacked. He added Haji Lala had no official position. He was a scholar and was imparting Islamic education to students.
Several religious scholars have been killed in bomb blasts and attacks by gunmen in the southern region over the past few months. No one has claimed responsibility for the fresh attack.

Von: 6.5.2006 Pajhwok Afghan News

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