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Afghanistan: At least 17 people were killed in the Eid car blast



Afghan health workers transport injured man who is being moved to an emergency hospital after a car bomb explodes in a crowd market in Logar province

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The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack

At least 1

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

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

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

The attack was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber. Dedar Lawang, a spokesman for the governor of Logar, told the AFP news agency.

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The blast happened near the governor’s office and where many people shopped for the festival.

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The explosion happened on a crowded street

“The terrorists hit the night of Eid al-Adha again and killed several 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 and the Afghan government have agreed on a three-day ceasefire beginning Friday, the first day of Eid.

There are hopes for a permanent ceasefire, but peace talks have been delayed due to the exchange of prisoners. It agreed that the government would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 of its security personnel.

The Afghan government released more than 4,400 Taliban prisoners, while an insurgent spokesman said on Thursday that a total of 1,1005 prisoners had now been released.

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