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Blast hits western Afghan city of Herat, killing several people

A bomb blast on a minibus killed at least seven people in the western Afghan city of Herat on Saturday, officials told reporters. The sticky bomb was attached to the fuel tank of the bus, and left nine other people injured. "Four women were among the seven killed," the head of Herat's provincial hospital, Arif Jalali said.

Reuters WORLD
Published January 22,2022

A blast ripped through a minivan in the western Afghan city of Herat on Saturday, killing at least seven people, according to officials.

Herat commander Mawlawi Ansari told Reuters that nine people had been injured. The cause of the blast was not clear.

A health official in Herat, who asked not to be named, said an explosion hit a small van used for public transport just after 1800 local time and that three of the injured were in serious condition.

Since the Taliban took over in August, a series of blasts and attacks, some claimed by the Daesh [ISIS], have taken place across Afghanistan.

The attacks have heightened the new administration's security challenges as the country spirals into an economic crisis.