Gunmen attack former Taliban leader’s home in Afghanistan’s capital

The lawmaker survived the assault.

By: AP | Kabul | Published:December 24, 2016 12:21 pm
Afghanistan taliban, Afghanistan attack, Taliban attack, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, Fraidoon Obaidi, news, latest news, India news, national news The attack came two days after Taliban fighters attacked the Kabul home of a parliamentarian from the restive southern Helmand province, killing eight people. (source: AP)

An Afghan official says gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at the house of a former Taliban leader in the capital, killing at least one person. Fraidoon Obaidi, the head of the Kabul police’s criminal investigation department, says the two gunmen attacked Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef’s house on Friday, but he was not there.

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Zaeef, who served as the Taliban’s envoy to Pakistan when the group ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s, has reconciled with the current US-backed government. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack came two days after Taliban fighters attacked the Kabul home of a parliamentarian from the restive southern Helmand province, killing eight people. The lawmaker survived the assault.

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