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Afghanistan: At least 17 killed in car bombing in Eid



Afghan health workers transport injured man who was transferred to emergency hospital after car bomb blast targets crowd market in Logar provinceCopyright
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The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack

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7 people have been killed in Afghanistan in a powerful car bomb blast in Logar province.

The blast came on the eve of a truce announced by the Taliban during the Eid festival.

The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack, while Islamic State has not yet commented.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, said Dedar Louang, a spokesman for Governor Logar, AFP reported.

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The blast took place near the governor’s office and where many people were shopping for the festival.

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The blast occurred on a crowded street

“The terrorists struck again on the night of Eid al-Adha and killed a number of our compatriots,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack had “nothing to do” with the group.

The Taliban government and the Afghans agreed on a three-day ceasefire on Friday, the first day of Eid.

There are hopes for a permanent truce, but peace talks have been delayed due to an exchange of prisoners. An agreement was reached that the government would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 security personnel.

The Afghan government has released more than 4,400 Taliban prisoners, while a rebel spokesman said Thursday that a total of 1,005 state prisoners have been released.

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