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The deputy chief of intelligence in western Herat province's volatile Shindand district was shot dead Thursday afternoon by unknown gunmen, officials told TOLOnews.

Tajuddin was about 200 metres from the Shindand National Directorate of Security office when unknown gunmen opened fire on him as they rode past on a motorbike, Shindand district police chief Ghulam Sakhi Hussian said.

The incident occurred at around 4:00pm local time when Tajuddin was not on official duty, Hussian added.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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