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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