Five police officers killed in Afghanistan explosion

PressTV -
At least five Afghan police officers have been killed in a blast near the location of a meeting of tribal elders in Afghanistan's western Herat Province, Press TV reports.

The bomb attack took place on Tuesday, in Herat’s Kushki Kuhna district when people were gathering to attend the meeting.

Herat officials say the blast took place at a market.

Local police commander Abdul Hakim was reportedly among those killed. Six police forces were also reportedly injured in the attack.

Reports say a number of civilians have also been killed and wounded.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban militant group is usually held responsible for such instances of violence.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism following the September 11 attacks in New York City.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in the war-weary nation.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.


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