An official told Al Jazeera that the attack at a mosque in Nangarhar was believed to have taken place because of a land dispute.
Eight members of one family were killed when unidentified attackers opened fire at them at a mosque in the eastern Afghanistan of Nangarhar province.
The shooting happened on Saturday night in the city of Jalalabad. According to Nangarhar Governor Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, the murder was clearly caused by a land dispute.
Five brothers and their three male cousins were killed.
“The shooting happened at the time of tarawih [extra prayers in the evening during Ramadan]. This is a deliberate attack and initial information shows the reasons for the land dispute, ”Amarkhil told Al Jazeera.
Land disputes are widespread across Afghanistan. The so-called blood feud can last for decades, passing through generations in a cycle of violence.
Last April, at least six tribal members were killed and nearly 20 others were injured in armed clashes over disputed lands in the same province. The fighting lasted for many days.
Nangarhar, the stronghold of the Taliban and ISIL (ISIS), has rich plains and is one of the most important regions for agriculture in Afghanistan.