Herat car bomb

Death toll of Herat car bomb rises to eight, UN condemns attacks on civilians

The death toll left by a car bomb in Herat rose to eight, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said today, Saturday, March 13.

A car bomb that went off in PD14 of the western Herat province killed eight people and wounded 54 others on Friday evening, March 12, in Herat city.

Tariq Aryan, the MoI spokesperson, says eight people including three children, two women, two men, and one police officer, have lost their lives to the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Afghan security officials, however, blame the Taliban for the attack.

Herat has seen a growing wave of violence in recent months. On February 24, a Taliban car bomb targeted a security outpost and killed six members of the People Uprising Forces, a pro-government militia, and wounded four others in Kohistan district of Herat province.

Afghanistan has seen a dramatic increase in violence in recent months, particularly during a nearly four-month stall in intra-Afghan talks in Doha, claiming scores of civilians’ lives and that of the warring parties. The negotiations teams of the government and the Taliban finalized a procedure for substantive negotiations which is yet to resume.

The UN Security Council, meanwhile, condemned the attacks “deliberately targeting” civilians in Afghanistan. In a statement issued yesterday, March 12, the members of the UN Security Council condemned the “heinous attacks” on civil servants, the judiciary, the media, health workers, and humanitarian staff.