The deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan, was assassinated Monday as he took part in evening prayers, according to a local government spokesman.
Azizullah Yarmal, 45, was praying in a mosque in the Sadoza Dana neighborhood around 9 p.m. when at least one attacker walked in and shot him in the back of the head, Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar government, told CNN. He called it a "brutal attack."
Ayoubi said police have sealed off the mosque and are investigating the killing.
Also in Kandahar on Monday, a donkey-towed cart loaded with explosives and a remote control detonator blew up at a police post, killing at least three people and wounding four, officials said.
Ayoubi said three children were killed by the blast, and two police and two civilians were slightly wounded.