The Afghan Taliban Governor of Afghanistan’s Balkh province Mohammad Dawood Muzammil was killed in a suicide attack at his office.
According to Police, A blast tore through the Taliban governor’s office in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province on Thursday, killing him and two others.
“Today around 9 am a blast took place inside the second floor of the governor’s office, due to the blast (governor) Mawlawi Mohammad Dawood Muzamil has been killed with two civilians,” said Mohammed Asif Waziri, Balkh’s police spokesperson.
He said police were investigating and would provide more details once they became clear. “It was a suicide attack. We don’t have information as to how the suicide bomber reached the office of the governor,” he said, adding that two people were also wounded.
The incident marks one of the most senior officials confirmed dead since the Taliban took over the country in 2021.
Daesh has emerged as the biggest security challenge to Taliban rule, staging attacks on foreigners, religious minorities, and government institutions. Daesh claimed responsibility for a December gun raid on a Kabul hotel that wounded five Chinese nationals.
Also in December, the group attacked the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, which the country described as an assassination attempt on the Chargé d’Affaires — Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani.
And in January, the group claimed a suicide bombing near the foreign ministry in Kabul that killed at least 10 people.
Two Russian embassy staff members were killed in a suicide bombing outside their mission in September last year, another attack claimed by Daesh.