Daesh takes responsibility for car bombing in Badakhshan


KABUL (SW) – The Khorasan branch of the ISIS/ Daesh group has taken responsibility for Tuesday’s car bombing in Badakhshan that killed the deputy governor for the province.

In a statement on Telegram, Daesh has taken responsibility for killing Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi, the deputy governor of Badakhshan province. This group wrote: “Islamic State fighters were able to detonate a car bomb near the car of the deputy governor of Badakhshan in the city of Faizabad,” it stated.

The deputy governor of northern Badakhshan province was killed by a car bomb on Tuesday, the provincial spokesperson said.

“Nissar Ahmad Ahmadi, with his driver, has been killed and six civilians were injured,” said Mahzudeen Ahmadi, the head of the information office of Badakshan, a province in the far north of the country that shares a border with China and Tajikistan. It was not clear who was behind the bombing, which was the first known major blast or attack on a Taliban official in Afghanistan in several weeks, reported Reuters.

The Taliban administration has been carrying out raids against members of Islamic State, which had claimed several major attacks in urban centres, it reported. The Islamic State has also targeted Taliban administration officials, including claiming the killing of the governor of northern Balkh province in an attack on his office in March.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on Tuesday.