Balkh Province: Blast kills Taliban governor in his office in Afghanistan

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A Taliban governor in northern Afghanistan has been killed by an explosion in his office, police officials told CNN.

Mohammad Dawood Muzammil, the governor of Balkh province, died along with two others in Thursday’s blast, provincial police force spokesman Asif Waziri said.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the men were killed “by the enemies of Islam”.

However, he did not name the suspects and no group claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The investigation into the incident is going on,” said Mujahid.

The governor is one of the highest-ranking officials killed since the radical Islamist group took back control of the country in August 2021 following the withdrawal of US forces.

Since then, the Islamic State militant group and its affiliates have claimed a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan on both civilians and members of the Taliban.

These include an attack on a Sikh temple that killed at least two people, a series of incidents in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, and a suicide bomb blast at Kabul airport.

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