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Car bombing kills Taliban deputy governor

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KABUL: Taliban’s deputy governor for Badakhshan province was killed in a car bomb attack near court headquarters in Faizabad city on Tuesday, local officials said.

Deputy governor Nesar Ahmad Ahmadi and his driver were killed and six civilians were injured in the blast early in the morning. Provincial director of information and culture Muezuddin Ahmadi said the victim was traveling in his car when the explosion happened.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

It was not clear who was behind the bombing, which was the first known major blast or attack on a Taliban official in Afghanistan in several weeks.

The Taliban administration has been carrying out raids against members of Islamic State, which had claimed several major attacks in urban centres.

The Islamic State has also targeted Taliban administration officials, including claiming the killing of the governor of northern Balkh province in an attack on his office in March.

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