Pakistani paramilitary soldiers present arrested suspected militants before the media representatives in Mastung district on January 24, 2014, following a bomb attack on a Shiite Muslim pilgrims bus. AFP PHOTO/BANARAS KHAN
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An influential cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban in their war against U.S.-led forces has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said on Thursday.According to an Afghan Taliban source, Zakiri, 80, was a teacher and a close aide to Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Omar. The source also blamed Afghan intelligence for the murder. Afghan affairs expert Rahimullah Yusufzai said Zakiri's killing had caused great anxiety among the Afghan Taliban.
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