After an explosion in his office, the Taliban governor of the Balkh province in northern Afghanistan was killed.
The most senior figure to die since the Taliban retook control in 2021 was Mohammad Dawood Muzammil.
Since then, there has been a significant drop in violence, but other attacks, many of which were claimed by Islamic State, have murdered key pro-Taliban individuals as well as innocent people.
According to local police, the most recent explosion’s cause is unknown. No one immediately took blame.
Instead, the governor was “martyred in an explosion by the enemies of Islam,” according to a tweet from Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. He said that an inquiry was ongoing.
According to reports, Muzammil oversaw the conflict with Islamic State jihadists while serving as governor of the eastern province of Nangarhar. Last October, he was relocated to Balkh.
The explosion happened “about 9am… within the second level of the governor’s office,” according to Mohammed Asif Waziri, the spokesman for the Balkh police.
According to police, at least one more individual died in the assault. There are reports of numerous other people suffering injuries.
“A bang was heard. I stumbled to the ground “According to Khairuddin, who was hurt in the explosion, AFP. He claimed that while seeing the explosion, a friend lost a hand.
He claimed that the explosion happened right when the governor entered his office.
On March 9, 2023, men help a wounded patient into a hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif after a suicide bombing at the Taliban governor’s office in Afghanistan’s Balkh province.
A man gets admitted to the hospital after being hurt in the incident at the governor’s office.
According to unreliable sources, it was a suicide attack.
A day earlier, eight “rebels and kidnappers” were allegedly slain in Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh, according to provincial Taliban authorities. They made no mention of the specific “rebel” group that these people were reportedly a part of.
After the Taliban were forced from power in Afghanistan in 2001, the militant Islamic group stormed back to power in August 2021 as a result of the withdrawal of US-led soldiers.
Since then, a number of devastating bombings have primarily targeted mosques and minority communities. Many of these attacks were claimed by the Taliban’s fierce opponents in the region, the terrorist Islamic State (IS-K) organization.