April 19th, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Deputy Kandahar mayor shot to death

[Updated, 5:30 p.m.] The deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan, was assassinated Monday as he took part in evening prayers, according to a local government spokesman.

Azizullah Yarmal, 45, was praying in a mosque in the Sadoza Dana neighborhood around 9 p.m. when at least one attacker walked in and shot him in the back of the head, Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar government, told CNN. He called it a "brutal attack."

Ayoubi said police have sealed off the mosque and are investigating the killing.

[Published, 4:17 p.m.]

The deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Azizullah Yarmal, was shot to death Monday as he took part in evening prayers, a local government spokesman told CNN.

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  1. ahmad naser

    It mean that Taliban are neithe good Muslims nor good human being.


    April 22, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nathanael [desert voice]

    My condolences to the family of Mr. Azizullah Yarmal. Where were his security guards? Which side he was on? The article tells us close to nothing. This attack confirms my previous post that there is a need of security cameras in Afghanistan's every mosque and military outpost. I don't know anything about this case. Who would want to kill the right hand of the brother of President Karzai" It does not make sense. It is vital that this murder be thoroughly investigated. There is just too much that we don't know!

    April 21, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Adios

    I agree, where are the world's moderate Muslims on this? Why is there no world-wide outrage on the part of the world’s Sunni and Shi’a Muslim leaders? I see nothing. Absolutely nothing.

    Why are they not calling for a jihad against these extremists? And why, for that matter, are Muslim leaders not themselves out there looking for Bin Laden? Why aren’t the world’s most prominent Muslims bankrolling an all-out effort to find Bin Laden, once and for all?

    April 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Artie

    So much for [organized] religion........ha, without them, we'd have no wars to deplete national coffers. Can you imagine spending those $bn's on humanitarian causes? I'm afraid we wouldn't know where to start. So, we stick with what we know instead. History repeats itself because the "pawns of evil" perpetuate this – historically.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Artie

    The "good" muslims dare not cry out in outrage because the moronic ones will have them targeted as "bad muslims" for not defending Allah and his minions – in good faith.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    If your saying the US organized his killing your out of your mind. Even though he might have been a little crooked, he was still the best canidate at this time. I served in Afghanistan for a full year and i've seen crooks take office. Its hard to find a polition that only supports the US. that means death. Most support the US when were around, then as soon as the taliban comes around they support them. so to say that the US basically killed this guy is absolutly crazy

    April 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    So let me get this straight... insurgents like to boast about how they are the "chosen ones of Islam" to protect Islam... yet they'll murder someone in cold blood in a Mosque? C'mon Muslims... where's your outrage over this? Where are your protests?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    It should go without saying, but, obviously walking into a mosque and shooting a praying man in the back of the head during prayers is the antithesis of being a good Muslim.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. snadjafinia

    See what happens when you don't do what america tells you to do? We send an extremist, information gathering, trained to kill, field agent after you. You better remember, this country has no moral what-so-ever. If you disagree with that, then you disagree with the facts about our history. We will take your land and rename you american-muslims, and not give you any available jobs.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ramkhelawan Maniram

    What a pity!!!!!!!!!!!!, what a lack of consciousness!!!!!!!!!!!, what a lack of respect for human life. Could the perpetrators of such horror, be still called HUMAN BEINGS. When will these beings live up to the STATUS of HUMAN BEINGS. Again, it´s a matter of EDUCATION. Educated people, conscious people, capable people, never kill – they LOVE everyone, whatever the differences may be. They RESPECT HUMAN LIFE. They never destroy, damage or harm anyone. People, people, people, let´s EDUCATE OVERSELVES ALL, AT THE SAME TIME AND OF THE SAME QUALITY. and then there will be no place for hatred and fear, instead, knowledge will flourish, peace will be established and LOVE will reign.

    April 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |