Taliban terrorists kill Afghanistan’s deputy governor

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The crushed car of Afghanistan's deputy general (Photo: News Intervention)

In a tragic incident on Tuesday, a car bomb explosion took the life of Nissar Ahmad Ahmadi, the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province. The provincial spokesperson, Mahzudeen Ahmadi, confirmed that the deputy governor and his driver were killed, while six civilians sustained injuries. This attack marks the first known major blast or assault on a Taliban official in Afghanistan in recent weeks, leaving the authorities puzzled about the perpetrators.

The province of Badakhshan, located in the far north of Afghanistan and sharing borders with China and Tajikistan, has witnessed increasing violence in recent months. Islamic State (ISIL) has been conducting raids targeting Taliban members, retaliating against the Taliban administration’s ongoing efforts to dismantle their operations. Several major attacks orchestrated by ISIL have taken place in urban centers, including the assassination of the governor of northern Balkh province in March.

The latest incident involving the acting governor of Badakhshan comes in the wake of the region’s police chief falling victim to a similar attack claimed by an ISIL affiliate. According to officials, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the car carrying Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi in the provincial capital of Faizabad. Muazuddin Ahmadi, the head of culture and information in the province, revealed that the governor was specifically targeted in the assault.

Although security in Afghanistan has seen some improvements since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, overthrowing the US-backed government after a two-decade-long conflict, ISIL continues to pose a significant threat. The group’s sectarian agenda presents a major challenge to the Taliban’s authority, and their attacks have resulted in the deaths and injuries of countless individuals, including foreign nationals and members of the Hazara minority.

While the Taliban administration has been conducting raids against ISIL members, their efforts have not completely mitigated the danger. The struggle for control and influence between the Taliban and ISIL persists, as both groups vie for power in Afghanistan. The international community remains concerned about the implications of this escalating violence, and efforts to address the situation have yielded limited progress, as highlighted in a recent international meeting on Afghanistan.

The tragic loss of the deputy governor of Badakhshan serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing security challenges faced by Afghanistan. The fight against terrorism and the establishment of stability in the country continue to be key priorities, requiring collective efforts and sustained international support.

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