ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb exploded Thursday in Badakhshan province, northeast Afghanistan, during a ceremony in memory of a deputy governor who was killed in another explosion two days earlier, a Taliban official said.
The latest explosion occurred near the Nabawi Mosque during the funeral of Mawlavi Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi, deputy governor of Badakhshan. He was killed by a car bomb on Tuesday alongside his driver in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan.
Moazuddin Ahmadi, the provincial director of information and culture, confirmed the explosion but could not provide further details. He said there were victims and an investigation was underway.
Local sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the blast occurred inside the mosque where Taliban officials and local residents attended the memorial ceremony.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s car bombing that killed the deputy governor and his driver. Ten people were also injured in the blast.
Ahmadi was injured in the blast and died soon after in a local hospital, according to Badakhshan’s director of information and culture.
In December, a car bomb killed the provincial police chief of Badakhshan on his way to work.
The regional affiliate of the Islamic State group – known as the Islamic State in Khorasan province – said at the time that it carried out the attack. IS said they parked an explosive-laden car on the road and detonated it while the police chief was nearby.