A blast from explosives placed on a motorbike has claimed the lives of at least eight people, including four children, in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, local officials say.
Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for Herat's governor, said that the explosion happened near a mosque in Shindand district on Monday.
Farhad noted that two girls and two boys were among those killed. Nine more children were also injured in the deadly blast, which sent shockwaves through the troubled region.
According to initial information, the blast was caused by explosives placed in a three-wheeler rickshaw controlled from far.
No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
In late March, at least two attackers struck a Shia mosque in the western city of Herat, killing at least one person and wounding eight others.