Mosque blast in Badakhshan, Afghanistan kills 11: Report

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During the memorial service for Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi, the deputy governor of Badakhshan who was killed in a car bombing on Tuesday, an explosion occurred, resulting in 11 casualties.

People run away after a bomb explosion during funeral prayers at the Nabawi Mosque in the Hesa-e-Awal area of Faizabad district, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. (Photo: AFP)

According to officials and Al Jazeera, at least 11 people were killed in an explosion near a mosque in northern Afghanistan. The blast occurred during a memorial service for Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi, the deputy governor of Badakhshan, who was killed in a car bombing on Tuesday.

Among the victims was a former Taliban police official, and over 30 others were wounded. The Taliban-appointed spokesman for the interior ministry expressed concerns that the casualty count might increase.

The attack took place in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, and resulted in the death of the deputy governor’s driver, with 10 additional individuals sustaining injuries.

According to Moazuddin Ahmadi, the Afghan official responsible for communication and culture, Safiullah Samim, a former Afghan police chief in Baghlan, was reportedly killed in the Thursday explosion, as reported by Al Jazeera.

The attack was condemned by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who described the bombing of mosques as an act of terrorism and against human and Islamic principles.

Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the ISIL (ISIS) armed group had claimed responsibility for the car bombing that occurred on Tuesday.

The Taliban administration has been conducting operations against ISIL members, as the latter has carried out numerous significant attacks in urban areas, as per Al Jazeera’s report.

The group has specifically targeted Taliban officials and claimed responsibility for the killing of the governor of northern Balkh province in a March attack.

The funeral of Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi, the deputy governor, took place on Wednesday and was attended by several senior Taliban officials, as well as hundreds of Faizabad residents.

Al Jazeera reported that Fasihuddin Fitrat, the Afghan military chief, strongly condemned the attacks in Badakhshan and urged the public to collaborate with Afghan security forces by reporting any suspicious activities in their vicinity.

In a previous incident in December, the provincial police chief of Badakhshan was killed in a car bombing while commuting to work. The regional affiliate of ISIL, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, claimed responsibility for that attack.

According to the group, they had placed a car laden with explosives on the road and detonated it when the police chief was in close proximity.

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