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Islamic State claims responsibility of the killing of Taliban governor of Balkh

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, on Thursday, which killed the Taliban’s governor, Mohammad Dawood Muzammil, and two other people.

According to Al Jazeera, the Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency.

Mohammad Dawood Muzammil, a former Taliban commander in Helmand, was killed at his office during a meeting after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives. A video footage from a CCTV shared on social media apparently shows the bomber entering the building.

The Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed Muzammil’s death via a tweet, blaming “the enemies of Islam” for the attack.