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Clerics accuse ‘circles in government’ of recent targeted killings

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KABUL: Some religious scholars and former government officials accuse “some particular circles” of being involved in the targeted killings of prominent figures in the country.  

On Friday, tens of clerics gathered to condemn the murder of Mohammat Atef Atayee, late head of the Jamiat-e-Eslah, a non-government educational and religious entity.

The religious scholars said that if the responsibility for the recent targeted killings would lie on the government if it didn’t provide clarification in regards.

“There are some inauspicious circles in the system (government) who takes advantage of the system (government),” said Mohammad Akram Khpolwak, member of the high council for national reconciliation.

Some members of the Jamiat-e-Eslah said that if the government didn’t hold the perpetrators accountable, they would be forced to take actions by themselves.

“Those who planned this murder, those who are involved in this murder, they should be prosecuted,” said a member of the Jamiat-e-Eslah, Abdul Saboor Fakhri.

Earlier, head of the Jamiat-e-Eslah was killed in a magnetic bomb blast this week in the Police District 4 of Kabul city.

Some other religious scholars were killed in similar incidents prior to Attaye, some of them inside the mosques and even during prayers.

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