Bomb kills 1, wounds 5 at press award occasion in Afghanistan Lalrp



JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A bomb exploded on Saturday throughout an award ceremony for journalists in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e- Sharif metropolis, killing no less than one particular person and wounded 5 others, a Taliban police spokesman stated.

The blast occurred on the Tabian Farhang middle in Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, as journalists gathered for the award occasion at 11 a.m., stated Mohammad Asif Waziri, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for Balkh police.

It got here two days after a bomb in Mazar-e-Sharif killed the provincial governor, Daud Muzmal, and two others. 4 had been wounded.

The determine of the fatality in Saturday’s blast was not instantly identified however journalists had been among the many 5 wounded. They included Najeeb Faryad, a reporter for Aryana Information tv station, who stated he felt like one thing hit him within the again, adopted by a deafening sound earlier than he fell to the bottom.

Nobody has instantly claimed accountability for the assault, however the regional affiliate of the Islamic State group — referred to as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province — is a key rival of the Taliban.

The militant group has elevated its assaults in Afghanistan because the Taliban takeover of the nation in August 2021. Targets have included Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan’s Shiite minority.