Suspected Taleban militants have killed a leading Muslim cleric in southern Afghanistan.
Local authorities say Mullah Abdul Fayaz was shot and killed in front of his office in Kandahar city Sunday by two gunmen on a motorcycle.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. But the French news agency quoted a spokesman for the ousted Taleban as saying Mullah Fayaz was preaching against the Taleban and "deserved to die".
Mr. Fayaz was a supporter of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Last week, he lead a gathering of clerics from across Afghanistan who condemned the Taleban and called on people to support the government.
The Taleban have declared a holy war against Mr. Karzai's U.S.-backed government and anyone supporting the presence of foreign troops and aid workers.
Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.