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Police in the Afghan capital says a son of ethnic Hazara leader and former Afghan Vice President Mohammad Mohaqeq has died after a gunfight broke out at the family home in Kabul on February 9.

Mohaqeq is a former anti-Taliban mujahedin commander and a current lawmaker in the Afghan parliament.

“Unfortunately, a clash broke out between Mohammad Mohaqeq’s sons at their house,” Kabul police chief Sayed Mohammad Roshandil told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan. “His son Hussain fired on his little brother, Baqir Mohaqeq, killing Baqir and [contributing to violence in which] eight other members of the family — including Hussain Mohaqeq — were injured.”

The other eight people were reportedly being treated at a local hospital.

Police have launched an investigation, the official said.

Mohaqeq ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and once served on the Afghan peace council tasked with reconciliation efforts.

After a fallout with the government in Kabul over perceived leniency toward Taliban insurgents, Mohaqeq joined the ticket of Abdullah Abdullah in a fiercely disputed presidential election in 2014 that ushered in a power-sharing deal between Abdullah and the current president, Ashraf Ghani.

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