TALUQAN, Afghanistan, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed in separate targeted attacks in Afghanistan as fighting and clashes rage in the country, authorities said Sunday.
In northern Takhar province, Saifurrahman, a principal of a local school and Mohammad Karim, imam or praying leader of a mosque, were shot and killed after gunmen broke into their houses in Shamar village, on the outskirts of provincial capital Taluqan city Saturday night, local police confirmed.
Abdul Khalil Asir, a provincial police spokesman told Xinhua, that the local police have launched an investigation into the incidents, and the police started to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
In eastern Nangarhar province, Ali Ahmad, a religious scholar and teacher of a local religious school, was killed after an improvised bomb was detonated in Surkh Rod district on Saturday, the army's Corps 201 Selab based in the region confirmed earlier on Sunday.
Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant groups often target civilians and religious clerics as well as local leaders for their support to the government and the NATO and U.S.-led forces stationed in the country.