One dead, eight wounded in blast at cultural center in Mazar-e-Sharif

An explosion at a cultural center in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, on Saturday, left one person dead and eight others wounded, officials said.

The blast happened at around 11:30a.m. at Tebyan cultural center in PD2 of Mazar-e-Sharif city.

The Interior Ministry in a statement confirmed the death of a guard at the center and the wounding of eight others in the blast.

Those wounded included five journalists and three children, the statement said adding their condition was stable.

The explosion was triggered by explosives placed at the center, according to the statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

It comes two days after another blast killed Balkh governor, Mohammad Dawood Muzamil, and two others in his office. Daesh claimed responsibility for the blast.

This is not the first time Tebyan organization has been attacked. In 2017, an explosion, claimed by Daesh, happened at the organization’s office in Kabul, killing dozens of people.