Six Afghan employees of a French aid agency were shot dead by Taliban militants on Wednesday in northern Afghanistan, an official said.

“Seven Afghan employees of the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development were travelling this morning from Maimana city to Almar district,” said Ahmad Jawed Bedar, governor spokesman for Faryab province. “Their car was stopped by Taliban insurgents in Pashtoon Kot district and they were dragged out and shot,” Bedar said, adding that six died and one was wounded.

Taliban sources were not immediately available to comment.

In the southern province of Helmand, a tribal elder was gunned down by an unknown attacker in Lashkar Gah city, governor’s spokesman Amar Zwak said.

He said the family reported threats from a rival in the past.

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