A suicide bomber has killed the acting Governor of an Afghan province, months after the region’s Police chief was killed in a similar attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
The bomber drove a car filled with explosives into the vehicle carrying Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi — the Governor of northern Badakhshan, — in the provincial capital Faizabad.
Ahmadi, was the deputy Governor before stepping up as acting governor last month.
“The target of this attack was the vehicle carrying Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi,” said Muazuddin Ahmadi, the head of culture and information in the province.
In August 2021, the Taliban ousted the US-backed government and ended their two-decade insurgency, but IS remains a threat.
The driver was also killed and six others wounded in the attack, which has so far not been claimed by anyone.
The head of the province’s police force was killed in a suicide blast claimed by IS in December last year.
A bomb attack also killed the head of the mining department in April last year.
The Taliban and IS share an austere Sunni Islamist ideology but the latter group is fighting to establish a global caliphate instead of the Taliban’s more inward-looking aim of ruling an independent Afghanistan.
IS has killed and wounded hundreds of people in attacks since the Taliban government returned to power, some targeting foreigners, in a bid to undermine the Taliban government.