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Taliban Beheads Village Mullah In Western Afghanistan

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An official says Taliban militants have beheaded a village mullah in Afghanistan's western Farah Province after accusing him of cooperating with the government.

Provincial government spokesman Javad Afghan told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that Mullah Farooq, who served as an imam at a mosque, was decapitated by militants after he led morning prayers on August 26.

The killing took place near the mosque in the province's Bala Bolok district.

The Taliban has a strong presence in the area.

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban, which frequently targets people who work for the Afghan government.

With reporting by dpa

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