World Bulletin/News Desk
The deputy governor of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan has been shot dead at a university in the provincial capital, a spokesman for the governor said on Monday.
Sunday's shooting was the latest in a string of deadly attacks this year on officials and powerbrokers in Kandahar, once a base for the Taliban's leader, Mullah Omar, and where the insurgency has its roots.
Abdul Qadim Patyal, a celebrated writer, was studying Pashto literature and in his final year at Kandahar University when his attacker fired at him through a window, the spokesman said.
"Patyal was transferred to hospital by his bodyguards ... and passed away there," the spokesman said.
The Taliban have increased pressure on the government this year as foreign forces withdraw from the country, stepping up attacks on officials and security forces.
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