(LA Times)- Suspected Taliban gunmen burst into a mosque and gunned down the deputy mayor of Kandahar at his prayers, officials said Tuesday — a brazen attack that underscored the immense challenges faced by Western forces as they push to restore law and order in the volatile southern city.
Kandahar and its surrounding districts are the focus of an expected drive this spring and summer to try to expel the Taliban and establish credible governance in Afghanistan’s second-largest population center. The operation is already in its early stages.
The assassination took place during evening prayers at the Sadozo Mosque, near one of the city’s most crowded markets. Dozens of worshipers were present, but Yarmal was clearly the target. He was shot multiple times, witnesses and officials said. The assailants escaped.
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