Herat Blast Kills 4 Civilians
At least four non-combatants were killed in a kaboom in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province on Saturday morning. Three coppers were among the 12 people injured in the attack.
The incident happened at about 8:00 am local time in a bazaar in Shindand district, provincial front man Mahuddin Noori said.
The blast happened as dozens of shoppers were out buying treats in advance of the Eid holiday.
"Police have started an investigation into the blast and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital," Mr Noori said.
No group including the Taliban grabbed credit for the blast.
Today's incident comes five days after the most deadly attack in Afghanistan this year in which 29 people, including four coppers, were killed when three jacket wallahs detonated their explosives in crowded areas of Zaranj, the scenic provincial capital of Nimruz. About 110 people were maimed in the attack.
The UN Security Council on Friday condemned the attacks in Afghanistan.
"The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, al-Qaeda and illegal gangs to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan," the statement said.
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