One person has been killed in a fire at a market in Balkh province, according to Taliban security officials.
The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday, June 8) in Mazar-e-Sharif’s second police district, according to Mohammad Asif Waziri, a spokesman for the Taliban’s police office in Balkh.
According to him, the fire at the market in Mazar-e-Sharif caused the death of a 70-year-old Takhari man, who was gas poisoned when the incident happened.
Asif Waziri went on to explain that the fire was caused by an unknown person’s cigarette filter and that it has inflicted a loss of nearly one million Afghanis to the market owners and shops.
The fire brigades, according to a spokesman for the Taliban police office in Balkh province, had extinguished the fire and saved the property of people worth roughly four million Afghanis from being set on fire.
Recently, the city of Mazar-e-Sharif witnessed a fire incident in a curtain shop, resulting in a crippling financial loss for the owner.