Rash of Suicides among Women in Mazar-e-Sharif Afghanistan
Mazar-i-Sharif - Wikipedia
Mazar-e-sharif has grown into a city; the nature of it being a pilgrimage place makes it quite a safe heaven in Afghanistan. That said, it was not spared by the Taliban. A local imam had a dream in the 12th century that it was buried near Balkh, an ancient town of Bactria and on the silk road, and the tomb was later discovered at the current location of the shrine. Genghis Khan and Tamerlame trashed the town, and the shrine was rebuilt by the Seljuks in the 15th century.
More than 50 killed as Taliban target Afghan Army camp in Mazar-e-Sharif
It has a population of nearly , people. With a population of more than ,, Mazar-e Sharif is the 4th largest city in Afghanistan. It was founded in the 12th century after a local mullah dreamt of the secret site where Ali bin Talib, the Prophet's cousin and the fourth caliph of Islam, had been buried outside of Afghanistan most Muslims believe that Ali is buried in Najaf , Iraq. A shrine, which was later rebuilt as the Blue Mosque, was constructed on the site and the town of Mazar grew around it.
The population was about , as of It is the capital of Balkh province. It is linked by roads to Kunduz in the east, Kabul in the south-east, Herat to the west and Uzbekistan to the north.