Heavily-armed militants have gunned down an ethnic leader and his two children in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, security sources say.
Local Afghan officials said Mowlavi Nur al-Din and his children were killed on Wednesday by gunmen who broke into their house in Ghazni.
The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the brutal attack, alleging that Nur al-Din was a local police chief.
But officials reject Talibanâ„¢s allegations, saying he was just an ethnic leader.
Insurgency continues across Afghanistan despite years of foreign military presence there.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks.
The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.
In addition to that, the US-led foreign forces have killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night raids since they invaded the country in 2001.
Washington claims it targets Taliban militants, but civilians are often the victims of such attacks.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.
Republished from: Press TV