3 killed dozen injured in blast in Mazar-e-Sharif journalists event

An explosion at the Tebyan cultural center in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, on Saturday, left 3 people dead and more than 30 others wounded, a dozen journalists among them.

A bomb exploded during an awards ceremony for journalists in Afghanistan, killing at least 3 people and wounding 30 others.

It came two days after a bomb in Mazar-e-Sharif killed the provincial governor, Daud Muzmal, and two others. Four were wounded.

The injured in Saturday’s blast included Najeeb Faryad, a reporter for Aryana News television station, who said he felt like something hit him in the back, followed by a deafening sound before he fell to the ground.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but the regional affiliate of the Islamic State group — known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province — is a key rival of the Taliban.

The militant group has increased its attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover of the country in August 2021. Targets have included Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan’s Shiite minority.

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