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Explosion in western Afghanistan kills 7, injures 16: CNN

People hold lit candles for the victims of blast in Kabul, Afghanistan June 1, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 06, 2017, 12.17 PM (IST)

An explosion in the western part of Afghanistan has killed seven civilians and has injured another 16, CNN reports.

A spokesman for Herat's governor, Jilani Farhad, said the blast took place at about 3 pm local time, near the northern gate of the Great Mosque of Herat, CNN reports.

Farhad told CNN an investigation is still underway.

Reuters cites officials who say that explosives were believed to be hidden in a motorcycle left in a parking area outside the Jama Masjid, a large 12th century mosque known for intricate blue tiles. Near the border with Iran, Herat is one of Afghanistan's largest cities.

This is the latest attack in Afghanistan in what has been a . On Wednesday, a suicide truck-bomb attack killed 150 people and wounded hundreds more.

(WION)

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