ISLAMABAD: A senior Afghan Taliban commander, Noorullah Hotak, who was shot dead in Quetta by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, was buried in Afghanistan on Friday.
According to Taliban sources Hotak was attacked near Nawey Adda area of Quetta unidentified gunmen on Thursday afternoon.
Hotak’s body was shifted to Afghanistan for burial, a Taliban commander informed The Express Tribune.
Hotak was reportedly a senior commander under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Taliban have blamed Afghan intelligence for assassination.
“We are sure that it was the handiwork of the Afghan government and its intelligence agents who have carried out such attacks also in the past,” said a Taliban leader requesting anonymity as he was not allowed to speak to the media.
Afghan elders in Zabul province also confirmed the assassination of the Taliban leader. They said his body had been shifted to Zabul on Thursday and was buried on Friday.
Afghan security officials had claimed that Hotak was an active Taliban commander.
Afghan officials claimed that Hotak was member of Quetta ‘Shura’ however Taliban leaders rejected the notion.
This is third high profile assassination of Afghan Taliban leader in last two months.
Earlier, senior Haqqani Network leader Dr Nasiruddin Haqqani was shot dead near Islamabad on November 10, 2013.
On November 21, Maulvi Ahmad Jan of the Haqqani Network was killed in a US Drone strike in Hangu.