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This article is about the city. For the province, see Baghlan Province.
Baghlan is located in Afghanistan
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 36°7′58″N 68°42′0″E / 36.13278°N 68.70000°E / 36.13278; 68.70000Coordinates: 36°7′58″N 68°42′0″E / 36.13278°N 68.70000°E / 36.13278; 68.70000
Country  Afghanistan
Province Baghlan Province
Elevation 1,732 ft (528 m)
Population (2006)
 • Total 119,607
Time zone + 4.30

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.[2]

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.[3]

2007 Bombing[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  • Dupree, Nancy Hatch (1977): An Historical Guide to Afghanistan. 1st Edition: 1970. 2nd Edition. Revised and Enlarged. Afghan Tourist Organization.
  • Baghlan

External links[edit]

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Khaama Press

Khaama Press
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:18:45 -0700

afghan man commits suicide A video has gone viral which purportedly shows the suicide of a 25-year-old man in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. According to reports, the young man was struggling with the unemployment and ended his life by ...

Khaama Press

Khaama Press
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:33:58 -0700

Kabul police spokesman, Hashmatullah Stanikzai, confirmed that a blast has taken place near the court building in Baghlan city. Stanikzai further added that two judges were killed following the explosion which took place due an improvised explosive ...

Khaama Press

Khaama Press
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:11:15 -0700

radio station closed in Baghlan A local radio station was closed in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan following threats by local Mullah Imams. According to the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, Khoshi Radio Station was closed by police after ...

Khaama Press

Khaama Press
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:45:00 -0700

Taliban Afghanistan An Afghan lawmaker escaped unhurt from an attack by militants in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. According to local security officials, the incident took place late Tuesday night in Kelagay area. Provincial police ...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:22:30 -0700

The $16.5 million drawdown and the balance of the $21 million are intended to fund the payment defaults of the BEL shareholder, Baghlan Energy Limited ("Baghlan"). By funding the defaulting shareholder obligations to the project, Greenfields is able to ...
People's Daily Online
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:48:45 -0700

In the latest crackdown against insurgents, two militants including Qari Zubair, a Taliban key commander, were killed during air strike in the northern Baghlan province Thursday night, police spokesman in the province said Friday. "Acting upon ...
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:51:10 -0700

Provincial police spokesman, Ahmad Jawed Bashart told RFE/RL that a bomb planted into a car detonated after the two lawyers from the Baghlan Provincial Court, whose names were not made public, got into the vehicle near the court building, on October 16 ...
People's Daily Online
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:52:30 -0700

PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, Oct. 17 -- Two Taliban militants, including key commander Qari Zubair, were killed Thursday night in air strikes against insurgents' hideouts in Borka district of the northern Baghlan province, police spokesman Ahmad Jawed ...

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