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Afghanistan: Bomb attack near mosque kills 8 in Herat province

7th Jun 2017
Afghanistan: Bomb attack near mosque kills 8 in Herat province

By Shadi Khan Saif

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): A bomb attack near the main gate of an iconic mosque in the country’s western Herat province left at least eight people killed, police said.

An improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a motorcycle auto-rickshaw and was detonated in the afternoon at the main taxi and bus stand, close to the main entrance of the Great Mosque in Heart City.

Abdul Ahad Jailani, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters, said the deaths have swollen to 8, and two of the wounded are in critical situation.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility. The Taliban via a statement have denied their involvement.

Bordering Iran, Herat is among the few relatively safer cities in Afghanistan.

In February this year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in its annual report that the civilians again bore the brunt of violence in Afghanistan in 2016 that saw a large number of children among the 3,498 dead.

The report documented 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties, including 3,498 people killed and 7,920 injured in 2016. Of these, 3,512 were children — 923 dead and 2,589 injured, up by 24 percent from the previous highest-ever recorded figure.

[Photo: Officials inspect the area after a bomb attack at car park of a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan on June 6, 2017. At least 7 people were killed on the attack. Photographer: Muhabiri Ali Ahmad Folady/AA]

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