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Explosion in Mazar-e-Sharif Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Wounded

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

An Afghan police commander lost his life and 2 people were wounded in an explosion which occurred today around 11:00 AM in an area belonging to 5th Police District (PD5) of Mazar-e-Sharif.

“The dead police officer was identified as Ghulam Sakhi Qateh who was in charge of Faryab Highway but the type of explosion is yet to be cleared,” said Abdul Razaq Qaderi, Security Commander of Balkh Police Chief.

However, some eyewitnesses say that 2 people were killed and 1 other wounded in the incident.

According to Mr. Qaderi, a rifle gun was also seized from the vehicle which was exploded in the area.

1 people was also killed and 1 other wounded in another explosion which was occurred earlier this month.

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Eight killed in Balkh explosion

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(Last Updated On: December 6, 2022)

At least eight people were killed when a bus, carrying employees of an oil company, was bombed in northern Balkh province, police said on Tuesday.

“Today around 7 a.m. a road side mine blast took place in District 3 of Mazar-e-Sharif city on a bus, which belonged to Hairatan Oil employees,” said Mohammad Asif Wazeri, police spokesman for northern Balkh province, adding that at least nine people were also wounded in the explosion.

But the public health of Balkh province is talking about the increase of victims.

Najibullah Tawana, head of Balkh public health, says that eight people were killed and nine wounded have been taken to hospital after today’s explosion. One person is critical, he said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

This comes after at least six people were wounded in an explosion on Saturday in Nangarhar’s Jalalabad city that also caused serious damage to shops and businesses in the area.

One of the shops damaged in this explosion was that of Gul Charan – the city’s only Sikh resident.

According to local officials, the incident is being investigated. 

The security officials of Jalalabad meanwhile say the explosion was caused by an IED embedded in a flowerpot.

The residents of the city have called on the Islamic Emirate to prevent such events in the future.

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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Educational center established for war-affected students in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: October 4, 2022)

In Balkh district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province, a teacher has established an educational center for more than two hundred war-affected students in cooperation with a charity organization.

The teacher said that in this region, due to the past wars, students were deprived of education to attend school for several years and could not continue their education.

Mahbub Afghan Mal, head of the organization who cooperated in establishing this educational center, said that more than two hundred students are currently studying in different classes; however, expressed concern over the lack of more facilities for students.

“Currently, the facilities we have are enough for a hundred people, as you filmed the classrooms, there are fifty to sixty students in each of our classroom, which is not standard and we have no choice but to do so,” he said.

However, a number of teachers have added that they are using the opportunity created to make up for lost lessons, calling on the government to cooperate with them in order to establish more educational centers and libraries.

“I stopped studying for five to six years, now I came to this educational center to continue my studies and achieve my dreams,” said a student.

“The teachers here are very good. We ask the government to cooperate for us with chairs, tables, pens and bags,” said another student.

It is said that subjects such as math, computer, calligraphy, English, Pashto, Dari and mobile phone repair are taught in this educational center, and its sponsor is a charity foundation.

Meanwhile, in several other districts of this province, the wars of the last few years have caused schools to remain closed.

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Women’s handicraft exhibition launched in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: October 3, 2022)

An exhibition under the name of “female entrepreneurs’ handicrafts” has been launched in Balkh province for three days.

The organizers of this exhibition said that women entrepreneurs have displayed their handicrafts in eighty stalls.

Dozens of women in this exhibition called holding such exhibitions useful for the presence of women in the society, especially in business affairs, and demanded more participation of women in institutions and offices from the government.

In this exhibition, women displayed their crafts in different sections, including sewing, weaving, flower embroidery, leather embroidery, bag sewing, dairy and pastry making.

The officials of the Balkh Chamber of Commerce, especially its women’s section, said that holding such an exhibition will be positive when there are a foreign buyer and people support domestic products by purchasing them.

Since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan took control of the country in August last year, this has been the third exhibition launched in Balkh province.

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