Karzai condemns Herat blasts; toll reaches 24
"The enemies have once again shown their enmity with Afghanistan, by planting roadside bombs that killed civilians," a statement from the Presidential Palace quoted Karzai as saying.
The Afghans would never forgive perpetrators of the attack, which killed civilians in the holy month of Ramadan, the president said.
The incident took place at around 9:30am when a civilian vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Turkan Kotal area between Oba district and the provincial capital, said a police spokesman, Col. Abdul Rauf.
Soon after the explosion, a local policeman said 20 people were killed and 21 others injured in the bomb assault on the minibus that was carrying 30 passengers. But the statement from Karzai's office put the death toll at 24.
The fatalities included a dozen children, four women and two men, said an elder from the Shewan village of the district. Police and Afghan soldiers took the wounded to a nearby health facility.
Local officials blamed the attack on militants, but the Taliban were yet to comment on the incident.
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