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Afghanistan: At least 17 killed in car bombing Id



Afghan medics transport injured man to ambulance after car bomb blast targets market crowd 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 Id festival.

The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack until Islamic State comments.

The attack was believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, Logar Governor Dedar Louang said.

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The blast occurred near the governor’s office, where many people were buying the festival.

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The explosion occurred on a crowded street

“The terrorists struck Eid al-Adha again on the 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 beginning on Friday, the first day of Eid.

There are hopes for a permanent truce, but peace talks have dragged on due to the exchange of prisoners. It was agreed that the government would 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 rebel spokesman said Thursday that a total of 1,005 government prisoners have been released.

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