Deadly explosion strikes Afghanistan's Herat

Several people killed in explosion near a mosque and police offices in western province, local media report.

    At least 10 people were killed and several wounded in an explosion near police offices and a mosque in Afghanistan's Herat province, police officials told Al Jazeera.

    Abdul Ahid Wali Zada, police spokesperson, said the bomb was planted in a rickshaw that detonated near the Jama Masjid, a large mosque dating from the 12th century in Herat city on Tuesday. 

    "The death toll coud rise," he said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Al Jazeera that the group was not involved in the attack.

    Images posted to social media showed plumes of black smoke rising above a mosque complex.

    The reports came after a string of recent attacks in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and as President Ashraf Ghani hosted a summit on security. 

    On May 31, at least 150 people were killed when a truck loaded with explosives detonated in a fortified area of the city near several foreign embassies.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


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