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Afghanistan: At least 17 were killed in an EID car blast



Afghan health workers carry injured man moved to emergency hospital after car bomb explodes targeting crowd market in Logar province

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack

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

The blast came on the eve of a ceasefire declared by the Taliban during the Eid festival.

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

The attack was believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, Dedar Lawang, a spokesman for Logar’s governor, told the AFP news agency.

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The explosion happened near the governor’s office and where many people were shopping for the festival.

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The explosion happened in a crowded street

“The terrorists struck again on the night of Eid al-Adha and killed a number of people in our country,” said interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian.

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

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

There is hope of a permanent halt but peace talks have been delayed due to prisoner exchanges. An agreement was reached for the government to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 of its security personnel.

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

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