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Afghanistan: At least 17 killed in Eid car bomb blast



Afghan health workers hold injured man who was rushed to emergency hospital after a car bomb blast targeted a crowded market in Logar province

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The Taliban have 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 ceasefire declared by the Taliban during the Eid festival.

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

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

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The blast occurred 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

“Terrorists have struck once again on Eid night 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 Afghanistan have agreed on a three-day ceasefire starting on Friday, the first day of Eid.

There are hopes for a permanent ceasefire, 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 its 1,000 security personnel.

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

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