Taliban’s General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI), claimed on Monday that nationals of Tajikistan were involved in a suicide attack in Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, in which the group’s governor Mohammad Dawood Muzammil was killed on March 9.
According to the report twitted by Taliban’s GDI, an operation carried out in Faryab province resulted in the arrest of all members of the group involved in the terrorist attack in Mazar-e Sharif.
“During this operation, it was reportedly proved that members of the group are nationals of Tajikistan and they were sent to Afghanistan recently for committing that terrorist attack,” the GDI tweeted today.
Media reports say Muzammil was killed inside his office in a suicide attack that was later claimed by the IS-K terror group.
The assassination of Mohammad Dawood Muzammil reportedly marked one of the highest-level attacks since the Taliban stormed back to power in 2021.
Muzammil was the second-most senior Taliban official killed since the militants returned to power in 2021 as the United States and NATO troops left the country after two decades of war.
Last December, a car bombing killed the Taliban police chief of northeastern Badakhshan province. That attack was claimed by the Islamic State terror group, known as Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K).
The militant group, often referred to as Daesh or IS-K, has recently intensified attacks in Afghanistan. The violence has killed hundreds of people, including minority Shiite community members and Taliban officials as well as clerics.