A powerful car bomb in western Afghanistan killed at least eight people and wounded dozens more, authorities reported. The blast targeted a police headquarters in the city of Herat around 10 pm, damaging dozens of houses and shops, Jailani Farhad, the spokesman for the Herat provincial governor told the AFP.
“The death toll from a car bomb in the city of Herat increased to eight and 47 others are wounded,” he said, adding that women, children and security personnel were among the dead.
The interior ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, confirmed the death toll, adding that 54 had been wounded.
President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban, adding in a statement that the group “continued their illegitimate war and violence against our people” and “showed once again they have no intention for peaceful settlement of the current crises”.
Violence has surged in the recent months in Afghanistan- including a wave of assassinations against journalists, activists and civil servants, despite the launch of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.