Blast kills Taliban governor of Afghanistan’s Balkh province
24 March 2023 | 2:28 pm
A governor and two other people were killed in a blast in Afghanistan. No group has yet claimed the attack, but the country has been hit by multiple attacks by "Islamic State" militants since the Taliban takeover.
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