4 Killed in Afghanistan Blast

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a bomb blast in a crowded marketplace in the western province of Herat has killed four people.

A Herat spokesman says 12 people were also wounded by the blast Saturday, including three policemen.

The attack comes three days after a bomb planted on a bicycle wounded 14 people in the city of Herat, capital of Herat Province. The remote-controlled bomb also exploded in a crowded shopping area, and was detonated as people were shopping for Eid, a major holiday on the Islamic calendar.

Also Saturday, Britain's Defense Ministry said a British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan on Friday. A statement said the soldier died while on duty in the Nahri Saraj District in Helmand Province.