The acting governor of Afghan province, Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi, has been killed by a suicide bomber on Tuesday, months after the region’s police chief was killed in a similar attack claimed by the Islamic State group, as disclosed by state officials
According to reports, the bomber drove a car filled with explosives into the vehicle carrying Ahmadi, the deputy governor of northern Badakhshan before stepping up as acting governor last month in the provincial capital Faizabad.
“The target of this attack was the vehicle carrying Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi,” said Muazuddin Ahmadi, the head of culture and information in the province.
The driver was also killed and six others wounded in the attack, which has so far not been claimed by anyone
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.
Security has improved dramatically since the Taliban stormed back to power in August 2021, ousting the U.S. backed government and ending their two-decade insurgency, but I.S remains a threat.