The Washington Post

Taliban official killed in bombing

- — Haq Nawaz Khan

The Taliban governor of Afghanista­n’s northern Balkh province was killed in a blast Thursday, according to the Taliban spokesman.

“With a heavy heart, we received the sad news that Mullah Muhammad Dawood Muzamil, governor of Balkh province, was martyred in a blast by the enemies of Islam,” Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet.

An investigat­ion into the incident is underway, Mujahid said, but he did not give the cause or allege a perpetrato­r for the explosion.

Mujahid said the blast near the governor’s office also killed one civilian and wounded two members of the Taliban’s security forces.

According to Reuters, the governor is one of the most senior Taliban officials confirmed to have been killed since the group took control of the country in 2021. No group has claimed responsibi­lity for the attack.

The Islamic State group has carried out past attacks against civilians, the Taliban and foreign targets in Afghanista­n.

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