Afghan deputy governor shot dead in Kandahar

Kabul: The deputy governor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province was shot dead late today by a gunman while attending a class at the university, a local official said.

Kabul: The deputy governor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province was shot dead late today by a gunman while attending a class at the university, a local official said.

 Abdul Qayim Patyal was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries there, the official Tawab Ghorzang told AFP.

 Kandahar's Mirwaiz hospital also confirmed Patyal's death.

 "It is hard to believe that Patyal, the deputy governor of Kandahar province is no longer among us. Rest in peace," Ghorzang said in a tweet.

 The last major political assassination in Kandahar occurred in July when a suicide bomber killed Hashmat Karzai, a cousin of the country's last president Hamid Karzai.

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