Kabul: At least 17 people, including 12 women and four children, were killed on Tuesday when their vehicle was struck by a bomb planted on the roadside in the western Afghan province of Herat, officials said.

"One vehicle touched an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Obe district. The powerful explosion killed 12 women, four children and one man on the spot," district police chief Shir Agha said.

He said eight other people were seriously wounded in the attack. He blamed the Taliban for planting the explosive.

(Agencies)

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