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At least eight people, including children, have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, according to a government official.

Explosives planted in an auto-rickshaw [a three-wheeled vehicle] detonated late afternoon on Monday near a mosque in the Shindand district, Jillani Farhad, the Herat governor’s spokesman, said.

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He said the explosion took place at a busy market in the district.

The provincial ambulance services head told Pajhwok news agency that 17 people had been injured in the blast.

Images circulating on social media showed the debris and damage in the aftermath of the explosion.

The Afghan Taliban denied via Twitter involvement in Monday’s attack.

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