An Afghan Australian who was tortured and killed in Afghanistan while visiting relatives was targeted because he was Australian, authorities say.
Sayed Habib Musawi, 56, grew up in Helmand Province, in Afghanistan’s south, and came to Australia by boat in 2000.
He held an Australian passport and citizenship and lived in Sydney’s west with his family, who were brought to Australia in 2005.
Mr Musawi was killed travelling to Kabul from Ghazni province last week during a trip to Afghanistan to visit his family.
His body was found on the side of the road.
Ghazi’s deputy governor, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, said Mr Musawi was killed in a “non-human” manner.
“His hands were tied from the back and there were signs of beating,” Mr Ahmadi told AM.
“The bullet wounds were clearly visible on his dead body. The murderers beat and tortured him. People in the area contacted us, so we ordered the district security chief to investigate.
“After an investigation it became clear that the dead body belongs to Sayed Habib, an Afghan Australian who came to visit his family.”
Mr Ahmadi said Mr Musawi was killed by the Taliban because he was an Australian citizen.
“Of course the reason is that he was an Afghan-Australian,” he said.
“He didn’t do anything besides that – he didn’t do anything wrong, he wasn’t a criminal, he wasn’t involved in government activities.
“The reason of his murder was very clear – that he was a dual citizen, he came from a country that Taliban think is an infidel country.
“When the Taliban arrested him, he said to them, ‘I came from Australia to see my family.’ And then the Taliban… issued an order for his murder”