Bomb hits ex-Taliban Afghan government official

Noor-ul-Aziz, director of religious affairs at Kandahar was travelling through the city when his car struck a bomb.

Kandahar: An Afghan provincial government
official and former Taliban shadow governor from southern
Kandahar was hit in a roadside bombing on Sunday, escaping with
minor injuries, officials said.

Noor-ul-Aziz, director of religious affairs at
Kandahar provincial government since he reconciled with the
government, was travelling through the city when his car
struck a bomb.

"Noor-ul-Aziz Agha... has been wounded in a roadside
bomb explosion," said the statement from the provincial
government office.
"He was evacuated to Mirwais Hospital with minor
injuries."

There were no other injuries and Noor-ul-Aziz would be
released from hospital care after brief treatment, it said,
condemning the attack on its official.

Noor-ul Aziz, is the highest ranking Taliban official
to have reconciled with the government in an officially backed
scheme.

Originally from Kandahar, he was operating as a
Taliban commander in neighbouring Helmand province, mostly in
the Nad Ali district, where he was a mid-level insurgent
commander.

He was later appointed as the Taliban shadow governor
for the northeastern province of Kunduz.

But several months ago he joined President Hamid
Karzai`s reconciliation scheme to bring Taliban insurgents
over to the government, and was appointed the head of the
religious affairs for Kandahar province.

PTI

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