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New Governor of Balkh to be Introduced Soon, Sources



(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

The new governor of Balkh province is set to be introduced soon, according to a source in the government who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“No one is beyond the law and Mr. Noor is no longer the governor of Balkh province. Therefore, he cannot continue into the post of Balkh governor,” the source added regarding Noor’s resignation.

President Ashraf Ghani approved the resignation of Atta Mohammad Noor weeks ago after Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive agreed on approval of Noor’s resignation.

The president appointed Mohammad Dauod, a member of Jamiat party, as the new governor of Balkh province whom Mr. Noor is opposing firmly.

This comes a day after, Atta Mohammad Noor, former governor of Balkh province further reiterated on his stance against the president decision. He conditioned his removal on an agreement between Jamiat Party and the government.

Mr. Noor warned that if no agreement was not reached with Jamiat Party, he will remain as Balkh governor until the end of the National Unity Government (NUG).


IEA: Key Daesh members killed in Balkh



(Last Updated On: March 27, 2023)

The General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) announced on Sunday that three “key members” of Daesh had been killed in an operation in Balkh province.

According to the department, Mawlavi Ziauddin, a senior leader; Abu Omar Afridi, a member of the Khorasan branch council; and Ustad Salman Tajikstani, one of the officials of Daesh military training unit, were killed.

According to the GDI, Ziauddin had been the “Governor of Daesh for Khorasan” and “in charge of administrative and judicial affairs” of Daesh before Shahab al-Mahajer.

The GDI said that Ustad Salman was a citizen of Tajikistan and a specialist in military training and making explosives.

This is the second operation by the IEA against Daesh in Balkh province in the past week.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, announced the attack on three Daesh hideouts in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif two weeks ago.

The Intelligence Service of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan also claimed on Sunday that they have arrested Daesh militants in Faryab province who were involved in the killing of Dawod Muzamal, the former governor of the Islamic Emirate in Balkh.

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IEA forces in Balkh told to be in uniform during house-to-house searches



(Last Updated On: March 17, 2023)

Balkh’s acting governor, Mawlavi Mohammad Yusuf Wafa said in a meeting on Thursday with district governors and police commanders that no security officers or Mujahid would be allowed to search houses while wearing plain clothes.

Wafa also discussed problems with the district governors and police chiefs of the province.

He said Balkh was an important province in Afghanistan, and that the recently slain governor, Shahid Mohammad Dawood Muzamil, had done a good job.

He urged the officials “to follow the seniors, fulfill their responsibilities correctly, and provide services to the people in an honest manner”.

Mawlavi Mohammad Dawood Muzamil, the governor of Balkh province, was killed in an explosion at the governor’s compound last Thursday.

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IEA confirms Balkh governor killed in blast



(Last Updated On: March 9, 2023)

Mawlawi Mohammad Dawood Muzamil, the governor of Balkh province, was killed in an explosion on Thursday, Zabiullah Mujaheed, IEA’s spokesman confirmed.

An explosion occurred in the governor’s office compound in northern Balkh province, killing him and two others, police said.

“Today around 9am a blast took place on the second floor of the governor’s office; due to the blast (governor) Mawlawi Mohammad Dawood Muzamil has been killed along with two civilians,” said Mohammed Asif Waziri, Balkh’s police spokesman.

He said police were investigating and would provide more details once they became clear.

Meanwhile, IEA’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said one civilian was also killed in the blast.

“With great regret, it was reported that the governor of Balkh, Mullah Mohammad Dawood Muzamil, was martyred by the enemies of Islam in an explosion with another civilian,” Mujaheed tweeted.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known. The incident marks one of the most senior officials confirmed dead since the IEA took over the country in 2021.

So far no group including Daesh claimed responsibility for the blast.

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