News - Afghanistan
A cleric abducted two days ago by the Taliban was found dead early Wednesday in north-western Faryab, said police officials.
Mullah Abdul Sattar, who was a prayer leader at a mosque in Almar district, was killed after he called the Taliban's war illegitimate in the eyes of Islam, said Karim Khorosh, the deputy police chief in Almar.
During a speech at Friday prayers, Sattar urged the people not to align themselves with the Taliban. In addition, he also declared that the killing of civilians is against the principals of Islam.
Meanwhile, a so-called spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for killing Sattar.
This comes after the Taliban killed a prominent religious scholar in Ghormach district in Faryab earlier this week after the cleric announced his support for the Afghan security forces.
In addition, a third cleric died on Tuesday after being shot by unknown gunmen in northern Samangan province. The prayer leader, who had been a former Taliban shadow governor, was shot dead at a Mosque.