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Afghanistan: Car bomb kills at least 7, injures 53 in Herat province

Herat - Several women and children were among the dead.

By Reuters

Published: Sat 13 Mar 2021, 1:17 PM

Last updated: Sat 13 Mar 2021, 1:19 PM

A powerful car bomb near a police station on Friday night killed at least seven people and wounded more than 50 others in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, officials said.

Herat Governor Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali said several women and children were among the dead.

He added that at least 53 people, including civilians and security forces, were hurt when a van packed with explosives went off in a crowded part of the city in the evening.

Dozens of homes and shops were also damaged in the blast, and rescuers rushed to the scene to help several people trapped under the rubble, Qatali said.

According to Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, a senior health official, eight bodies, including two women, three children, two male civilians, and one member of the military, had been taken to hospitals.

Forty-seven others including, 20 women, 11 men, eight children and eight security forces members have been wounded, Sherzai said, adding that 10 injured were in critical condition.

No one claimed responsibility for the bombing but local officials blamed Taleban insurgents.

President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack and blamed the Taleban.

“The Taleban, by continuing their illegitimate war and violence against the people, once again showed that they not only have will to resolve the current crisis peacefully but by complicating the situation,”Ghani said in a statement.

Photo: Reuters file
Photo: Reuters file

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