MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The provincial governor of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province has been confirmed dead in a blast that targeted his office in the provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif city on Thursday, a government official said.
"Unfortunately I have received information that Hajji Mullah Mohammad Daud Mazamil was killed in a blast organized by enemies today," the Afghan caretaker government's chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on social media.
According to police, the blast took place at 09:27 a.m. local time on the second floor of the late governor's office when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing himself and two others including Mazamil. Two more people including a civilian were injured in the attack.
This is the first time that the armed elements opposing the Taliban-run administration has targeted the high profile official since the Taliban assumed power in Afghanistan in August 2021.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. ■