The death toll from a car bomb blast in the city of Herat has risen to eight with 60 injured and at least 15 houses and shops destroyed.

Herat Governor Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali said women and children are among the dead.

Qatali said a vehicle full of explosives exploded on Friday night near the 14th district of Herat police. Rescuers rushed to the scene to help several people trapped under the rubble, he added.

Most of the victims are civilians, Qatali continued.

Death toll could rise as the rescuers are searching the rubble, he said.

No one claimed responsibility for the bombing but local officials blamed the Taliban.


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