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Taliban claims responsibliity for assassination

By Reza Sayah, CNN
  • The Taliban says they are behind the killing of a politician's son
  • Rashid Hussain was killed Saturday night
  • Taliban says the father is also on its hit list

(CNN) -- The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of a Pakistani politician's son, a Taliban spokesman told CNN.

On Saturday night, gunman shot and killed 25-year-old Mian Rashid Hussain, the only son of Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who is provincial minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and a fierce Taliban critic.

In a phone call to CNN, Taliban spokesman Ihsan Ullah Ihsan said the elder Hussain is also on the Taliban's hit list.

Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report for CNN.