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Provincial police chief assassinated in Afghanistan blast

Kabul, Dec 26 (EFE).- The provincial police chief of Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan region and two security men were killed in a powerful bomb blast on Monday, an official said.

The explosion occurred near the police headquarters in Faizabad, the provincial capital of Badakhshan.

The official, who did not want to be identified, claimed that suspected militants had attached an explosive device to a vehicle used by the Taliban’s security forces.

The device exploded around 8:20 a.m.

“The explosion near the police headquarters of Badakhshan province killed three Islamic Emirate members and wounded one more,” the official told EFE.

The official confirmed that the police chief was among the dead.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

It came days after at least three alleged Islamic State militants died in a military operation in an unspecified area of Afghanistan.

Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have carried out several operations against the Islamic State in different parts of the country to ensure the security guarantees they had committed to before the US pullout of the country.

A similar operation in November at an IS hideout in the Afghan capital led to the death of at least five suspected Islamist militants.

In October, another special operation was reported in Kabul, which claimed the lives of seven other alleged members of the extremist group.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on Aug.15, 2021, triggering the collapse of the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.

But the security situation in the country remains extremely volatile.

Extremist attacks continue in different parts of the country, with the deadliest at Kabul airport in August 2021, killing 170. EFE


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