Baghlan (Persian/Pashto: بغلان Baġlān) is a city in northern Afghanistan, in the eponymous province, Baghlan Province. It is located three miles east of the Kunduz River, 35 miles south of Khanabad, and about 500 metres above sea level in the northern Hindu Kush.
Baghlan grew as an urban centre in the 1930s as a result of a new road from Kabul across the Kunduz River.
Baghlan was the capital of the defunct Qataghan Province of northeastern Afghanistan, prior to the controversial 1964 dissolution.
Baghlan is the center of sugar beet production in Afghanistan. Cotton production and cotton manufacturing are also important in the region.
The population was estimated at about 20,000 in 1960 and about 24,410 in 1963, an increase of 22.05% over three years. In 1965 the estimate was 92,432, an increase of 278.66% in two years. Its population was estimated to be 146,000 Urban and 616,500 Rural in 2011, of which 52% were Tajiks, 20% were Pashtuns, 15% Hazara, 12% Uzbek and 1% Tatar.
On 6 November 2007, a suicide bombing targeted a sugar factory in Baghlan during a visit by members of the National Assembly of Afghanistan. Up to 100 people have been reported killed, including six legislators. One of the victims that was killed was Hajji Muhmmad Arif Zarif an MP from the Kabul province.
- Dupree, Nancy Hatch (1977): An Historical Guide to Afghanistan. 1st Edition: 1970. 2nd Edition. Revised and Enlarged. Afghan Tourist Organization.
Khaama Press (press release) (blog)
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:03:45 -0700
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, April 25 (Xinhua)-- The armed Taliban launched heavy attacks on Burka district in Baghlan province with Pul-e-Khumri as its capital 160 km north of Kabul on Friday morning but retreated from the area after losing four ...
New York Times
New York Times
Sun, 24 May 2015 11:42:08 -0700
Soon the Taliban forces were pressing up against the outskirts of the provincial capitals in Baghlan and Jowzjan. In some cases, local mujahedeen and their supporters began to form militias on their own as the Taliban pressed into new territories. But ...
Sun, 24 May 2015 01:03:45 -0700
“Units of police backed by the army have killed eight Taliban rebels and injured nine others in Baghlan-e-Markazai district over the past two days and several villages have been liberated from the Taliban clutch,” General Assadullah Shirzad told reporters.
Mon, 25 May 2015 03:07:30 -0700
Afghan National Police, Army and NDS took part in the operations, conducted in Nangarhar, Laghman, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Logar, Paktika, Farah, Nimroz and Helmand provinces. During the operations, Afghan Police discovered and ...
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:27:12 -0800
At least nine people have been killed in a suicide blast targeting a funeral in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan, police say. They said two policemen and seven civilians were among the dead, with 20 others wounded. The attacker hit the ...
Wed, 20 May 2015 07:08:13 -0700
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, May 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 20 Taliban militants have been killed and two dozen others injured during cleanup operations in the northern Baghlan province over the past three days, a senior police officer said Wednesday.
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan — More than 20 Taliban militants have been killed and two dozen others injured during cleanup operations in the northern Baghlan province over the past three days, a senior police officer said Wednesday. “A total of 21 ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 03:30:00 -0700
Earlier, the Afghan defense ministry said in a statement that 44 militants were killed and 74 others wounded during a series of operations carried out in the provinces of Baghlan, Helmand and Jawzjan. Afghanistan faces a security challenge years after ...
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