Blast on minibus kills 7 in western Afghan city of Herat

Jan 22, 2022: According to a report by AFP, a bomb blast on a minibus in the western Afghan city of Herat on Saturday killed at least seven people, officials said.

The sticky bomb was attached to a bus fuel tank, injuring nine people. Arif Jalali, head of the Herat Provincial Hospital, said “four women were among the seven killed.”

The Herat intelligence office confirmed the blast. “Preliminary reports indicate it was a sticky bomb attached to a passenger vehicle’s fuel tank,” said Sabit Harwi, a spokesman for the office.

Herat provincial police have also confirmed the bombing. Security in Afghanistan has improved significantly since the end of a two-decade-long insurgency by the Taliban in August. However, several attacks are reported each week across the country, some of which are claimed by the Islamic State group’s regional chapter.

Herat is the country’s third-largest city, close to the Iranian border, and has been relatively peaceful in recent months.

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