11 killed in blast at funeral for assassinated Afghan governor
KABUL, June 8, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - At least 11 people were killed by a blast
Thursday at a funeral service for an Afghan acting provincial governor whose
assassination this week was claimed by Islamic State, the interior ministry
Security has improved dramatically since the Taliban stormed back to power in
August 2021, ousting the US-backed government and ending their two-decade
insurgency, but the Islamic State group remains a threat.
An interior ministry statement said the blast at the funeral for the acting
governor of northeastern Badakhshan province also injured more than 30 people
as "a great number of compatriots" gathered for a mosque service honouring
Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi.
"The Ministry of Interior of the IEA condemns this brutality of the disgraced
enemies," a statement said of the explosion in the provincial capital of
"I was standing outside the mosque to receive the guests coming, suddenly a
terrible sound shook the mosque," said witness Naseer Ahmad.
"When I entered the mosque, I saw bloodied dead bodies laying on the ground,"
the 37-year-old told AFP.
An AFP journalist near the scene of the blast said Taliban government
security forces had set up checkpoints around the funeral site in the
When the explosion rang out people fled into nearby streets, and shops closed
in panic as security forces cordoned off the area.
The AFP reporter saw 10 bodies on stretchers at a local hospital.
IS claimed responsibility for Ahmadi's killing on Tuesday, when a suicide
bomber drove a car filled with explosives into his vehicle.
The driver was also killed and six others were wounded in that attack, which
also took place in Faizabad.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Twitter
it "unequivocally condemns this and a recent spate of appalling and
indiscriminate attacks that have shown a total disregard for civilian lives".
The Taliban and IS share an austere Islamist ideology but the latter have a
more ambitious goal of establishing a global "caliphate".
IS has emerged as the biggest security threat to the Taliban rulers of
Afghanistan, who have pledged to prevent the nation from serving as a staging
ground for international attacks.
IS has claimed responsibility for attacks on minority religious groups,
foreign embassies as well as Taliban government officials.